Now that the temperatures have risen and we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember that learning can continue throughout the summer. There are some very simple things you can do during the summer to help students avoid the “regression” that many students experience, therefore requiring an amount of time in the fall to catch up to where they stand at the end of the year.
If your child is a candidate for summer school, it is important that you take advantage of this opportunity. Whether it be for working on reading skills, or any other academic areas that they may struggle in, it’s a good idea. At the high school level, credit recovery is possible and a very good idea for those students who are lacking in credits or need to make up a previous failing grade. It’s only a few hours per week, but it’s amazing how much can be accomplished when a student is in a very small group setting or working on an online course. Take advantage of the opportunities that are put in place for your child. There is much to gain from a summer school session.
For those students who are advanced learners, this is a great time to pick up a college class from Mid-Plains Community College, either online or in person. Those students who take extra credits before they graduate statistically do better than their peers who do not take advantage of this opportunity. It can really pay off monetarily, as well, since University courses can be so expensive. If a student can finish a semester early or add a second major or minor to their time in college, take advantage of the opportunity.
Finally, get your kids involved in summer programs like 4-H, summer camps that sometimes are free, trips to a local museum, or working at a summer job. Keeping the mind active and learning continuously throughout the summer is advantageous. Physical activity is very important to every child, as well. Vigorous outdoor activity helps the body and keeps children from getting into a rut. Summer is a great break, and can be an opportunity to really have some positive growth. Have a great summer!