Afraid Your Child Will Slip Into Summer Slide? How to Decide If You Child Needs a Tutor or Academic Program During Summer Break! by Heather Bragg

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6 years ago
Afraid Your Child Will Slip Into Summer Slide? How to Decide If You Child Needs a Tutor or Academic Program During Summer Break!

Research around whether children loose academic ground over the summer is inconclusive: some studies say yes, some say no. (Gee, thanks for the ambiguity, Academia!) When deciding whether or not to enroll your child in some sort of academic program over the summer, consider the following:

  • Was my child frustrated by anything last year, especially in math or reading?
  • Can I add tutoring to my child’s summer and still leave enough time for fun and leisure? 

If the answer to either (or both!) is yes, sign up for tutoring or a summer school program that targets your child’s needs.

To continue to work on academics over the summer, add these things to your kids' summer to-do list:

  • Have reading time each day.
  • Play board games that encourage reading, math and thinking.
  • Encourage your child to keep a journal and write in it daily. 

And don't forget to throw in some fun times, too! 

Bananagrams $14
The award-winning word game that needs no pencil, paper or board. Fast and fun. Players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles first.
Boggle Junior
Boggle Junior $15
There's no need to be boggled by words. This game helps children learn letters, spelling and reading while having loads of fun!
Equate: The Equation Thinking Game
Equate: The Equation Thinking Game $21
Equate looks a bit like Scrabble--for aspiring mathematicians, that is.
Sum Swamp
Sum Swamp $12
Venture over the crocodile shortcut and through the swamp to the finish by adding and subtracting numbers on the dice.

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