The Case for Summer School for Kids
Sure, the living’s easy, but experts say that’s why kids fall behind in, well, everything. Here’s how to decide what kind of summer learning program is best for your child
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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