Learning Never Stops!!!
Your child is in a classroom for only 9-months of the year; their ability to learn does not stop in July! In fact, the summer break is no more than a product of our past when math and reading were less crucial. But, summer is actually a great time for your child to increase literacy & numeracy skills! For this reason, you should carefully consider your options when choosing a summer program for your child. You can take advantage of those months to stimulate your child’s academic potential!
Research has shown that summer instruction benefits children significantly. In fact, learning should continue all year long. Retention of basic skills and concepts is increased by continuing education throughout the summer, particularly in the areas of spelling and math. This way, in September, children will be better prepared to tackle advanced material and they will be more confident. A study published by the Toronto Board of Education found that children who attended a summer program not only improved their literacy and numeracy skills but also developed a more positive outlook on school. Children who begin school confidently in September are more likely to maintain their self-esteem throughout the year.
When deciding which type of program to select, examine your child’s final report card. What are their strengths? Do they need to review language or math skills? Find a program that reviews basic concepts and provides extra practice. Individualized programs are ideal because they provide the flexibility for your child to progress at their pace, focusing on the areas which require attention.
Remember that maintaining a balance between academic and recreational activities is important. In addition to your child’s academic program, consider your child’s extra-curricular interests. If your child is curious about nature, explore the possibility of an outdoor science education program. If your child is musically inclined, consider a music camp. If your child’s interest is art, then an art camp will present an excellent opportunity. A child interested in sports will want to attend a sports camp. Summer activities should be useful and rewarding at the same time!
There are so many different programs that can help your child learn during the summer! By enrolling your child in an academic program, you are increasing their potential for success. But, make sure to look for the type of program that will allow your child to have fun while reinforcing academic skills. Ultimately, you want your child to have a busy, productive, yet enjoyable summer. The possibilities are endless…