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Tips for a great summer
Our long awaited summer has arrived , many weeks of fun, relaxation, and all the summer pleasures. As we look forward to this wonderful vacation, there are many activities for children that will keep their brains stimulated and help them learn while having fun. This is particularly important for children who have special learning issues. These ten weeks can mean a significant loss of information and skills, if we are not careful.
Some children may find it very difficult to get back into their academic work in September when they have spent the lazy days of summer just hanging out, watching television, or playing video games. If your children have not succeeded during the school year, parents may be looking for an educational program or a private tutor. Summer school may be a recommendation. Before selecting a program, parents must be sure that the program fits their children's needs. It is essential that you speak to the teacher to know the program they will offer to students. You do not want your children sitting in a room simply completing worksheets to fulfill the summer school requirement. You want a program that fits the needs of your children. Parents must ask questions. Is the teacher familiar with specific learning deficits? What strategies will be implemented to help overcome deficits? Does the teacher have suggestions for activities to reinforce learning at home? Is the teacher patient? Listen to their responses, then make a careful decision.
Plan ahead to keep minds active. Gather materials you have at home and put them in a place where you can find them when you need them. You may have phonics, reading and math workbooks, paper, pencils, pens, and crayons. Schedule some time during the week to review skills. This doesn't have to be each day but if you want your children to retain their skills, it is important to reinforce their knowledge. This will make a big difference when they return to school in September.
Don't forget to use your public library. During the summer libraries offer programs for children that are free of charge. Take the time to share these events with your children.
While you are there, gather some books for summer reading. Librarians can help you find books that are appropriate and interesting. Set aside some time to read each day, and if you can, read with your children. This builds a special bond with them. Take turns reading their books aloud. Children love to hear their parents bring the characters to life. This is one way we can encourage them to read and develop a love of reading. Everyone leads busy lives, but taking fifteen or twenty minutes to read together lets our children know that we believe that reading is valuable. When our children can read, they have power. So share the adventure. Cuddle up with your books and re
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