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The Case for Summer School for Kids

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How to Pick a Summer Program

The most learning occurs in programs that are more informal than school and teach to smaller groups. Typically, they include field trips, hands-on learning, and sports, along with math and reading-skills work. In Pittsburgh, the public schools partner with local organizations to offer kayaking, fencing, and theater. Kids even built their own bikes, and then rode them on a field trip. How to choose one that’s right for your child:

Be a matchmaker. Your kid won’t get anything out of science camp if she’s crazy about creative writing. Ideally, you want a program that’s challenging but engaging enough that she wants to go. That may mean cobbling together a few different programs throughout the break.

Keep her health in mind. Does the program have a schedule that it follows most days?

A lack of structure suggests a disorganized program. Also check to see that it takes advantage of its space to offer sports or physical activities—and that it serves healthy lunches and snacks.

 

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