TIPS FOR SUMMER SCHOOL SUCCESS: What parents can do for an engaging, educational summer with your elementary school child.
She asked me, “How much time a day would I have to devote to meeting what she needs for summer school? Where do I find out about everything the school needs for her to be able to do? Some people showed me some pretty expensive and time consuming programs, should I consider these?.”
I responded. “I think you can do everything you need for her this summer in about an hour a day, Monday through Friday. Education is not about checklists and meeting requirements; it’s about her learning and gaining essential skills so she can achieve a love of learning and accomplishment.
1. Remedial instruction should not be carried out during activities that the student loves.
This often involves some sacrifice and flexibility from the instructor. After school may seem like a prime time for tutoring, but if this is the time the student could be or wants to be in extracurricular activities, you may be encouraging failure. Students have been taken out of PE and art for Great Leaps, not realizing these times may be the only reason a child comes to school. All efforts must be made to select a time preferable for all. Putting together a plan for success involves thinking about a variety of issues.
Very early in the Great Leaps Reading history, we were called a fluency program. This would make sense IF you correctly define fluency. Here are three definitions that are right on point:
Reading Rockets writes, “Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression.
Long distance learning has become more important than ever now because of schools closing down from the COVID-19 pandemic. This has left teachers and administrations scrambling to figure out how to continue education from home with a classroom of kids with no known date that things will return to normal. Teaching is already difficult when students are a captive audience in class, now imagine trying to coordinate with 20 different homes with varying levels of access to computers or devices.
Luckily, Great Leaps Digital has already been implemented at a distance from private tutors for several years and we were at least able to help our schools and students get back up and running with their reading remediation.