Summertime has arrived, and with school finishing it is time for parents to consider options for summer enrichment courses/camps for their children. Many parents are right to be concerned, because summer learning loss, as the experts call it, is real. The typical child loses two months’ worth of the math skills gained during the school year over the summer due to lack of practice.
In a Parenting article, Harris Cooper, chair of the psychology and neuroscience department at Duke University and a summer-learning expert, says, “There’s a small positive effect on kids when they go to school year-round and a much larger effect on students who are struggling.” The write-up goes on to describe the positive effects of giving your child opportunities; especially for children who may have been behind.
With standards always on the rise, keeping your child positively occupied during the summer months can prove challenging. The Parenting report and another article from Harvard University give tips on choosing summer courses.
For example, choose a course format that is right for your child. This could mean a class in the morning, afternoon, evening, or even online. And be sure your child is engaged with the selection process. Be a matchmaker, you want to choose a programme that will stretch them but is engaging enough that your child wants to go.
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