- Have your child get comfortable with online learning.
- Hire a tutor to teach your child, keep them on a schedule and hold them accountable for learning.
- Follow the grade specific suggestions below to keep your child on track for success.
Online learning suggested sites:
Kahn Academy (free): video tutorials, practice lessons, self-paced learning, math and other topics
Mavis Beacon Learn to Type: an independent online program that teaches a skill that is essential to efficiency and success in today’s world
Summer Institute for the Gifted: a provider of academic summer camps for gifted and talented students.
Bigbrainz (beta version is free): math facts practice in a fun and interactive way
Financial Literacy (free): have your child learn the basics of finance and budgeting
The benefits of a tutor and suggested areas of study:
When the parent is not available to monitor the student or additional support is needed, a tutor is an ideal solution. A tutor holds the child accountable for her work and removes the nagging role from the parent. The one-one-one time often builds the child’s academic confidence. Schedule the tutor for at least 2 days a week and set up a study time for follow-up review each day. Maintain routine and consistency.
Children prefer routines and need guidance and direction. Having a flexible routine creates a calm home environment. A relaxed brain learns best.
In connection with the online learning, consider hiring a tutor who works in person and virtually. Your child will benefit from the one-on-one instruction and the guided experience with an online learning platform. Online learning is becoming a staple for today’s learner.
Suggested areas of study:
- Testing Strategies
- Study Skills
- Math Facts
- Reading Strategies
- Writing Strategies
- Weak subjects
Recommended summer focus based upon age/grade:
- Read, write and practice math consistently
- Explore something new
- Take an online class
- Learn to play an instrument
- Organize a fundraiser
- Be an apprentice for someone whose career interests you
- Visit museums
- Learn to cook (practice meal planning, shopping and preparing meals)
- Learn the basics of money and budgeting
Summer after 7th Grade: Prep for high school entrance exams
Summer after 10th Grade: Prep for SAT or ACT – become familiar with PSAT format
Summer after 11th Grade: Finalize your college list and write the core college essays, prep for SAT or ACT if sitting for the test in the Fall of senior year
Every day: READ
Sandy Aprahamian, Assistant Director, Informed Educational Solutions
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