Nearly every parent has experienced seeing a child lose vital educational knowledge over the summer, and this can be even more pronounced for special education students. However, is there anything that you can do to prevent summer knowledge loss? Here is a quick look at a few fun but educational options for parents of special education students.
Many bookstores and libraries offer free reading challenges. These challenges can be a great way to motivate your child to keep reading during the summer to win prizes.
There are loads of free worksheets that you can print off online. Look for math and general concepts, such as tracing and writing. Even mazes and dot-to-dots can be fun.
While screens should not be used for hours every day, apps are amazing resources that can teach new concepts or review old ones in a fun environment with lots of great full-color pictures.
A quick peek on Pinterest will shower you with loads of craft ideas that you can do in your own backyard or kitchen with materials that you most likely have on hand. Look for sensory options, such as play-dough recipes, or for crafts that require fine motor skills, such as threading beads.
Many summer camps offer special weeks just for special needs children. These camps cater to the needs of these individuals by keeping learning fun, diminishing sensory concerns and helping children learn new motor skills, crafts, and sports in a low-pressure environment.
While this option may not be right for all students, it could be beneficial for students who are most prone to summer knowledge loss. Extended school year, or ESY, is a specialized summer service for which your child must be approved before services can be provided.