For kids, summer usually means all fun and no school for three months! However some students need to put in a little extra time and effort during the summer in order to reach their full potential in the coming school year. It’s tempting for kids (and parents too!) to view summer school as punishment. Instead, try to be grateful that your kid is being offered the opportunity to set themselves up for success next year!
More and more research is showing that summer can be detrimental to the learning process. According to an article in USA Today, “Sixty-six percent of teachers say it takes at least three to four weeks to reteach skills at the beginning of a new school year, according to a survey of 500 teachers by the National Summer Learning Association.” Even President Obama is on board with summer school—in a 2010 speech President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”
If you’re faced with a child getting ready to start summer school (and dreading it!) there are some ways to make it a little less awful and a lot more fun. Here are 11 ways to get your child excited about summer school. Bring on the learning!