Boosting Summer Learning at Home

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Boosting Summer Learning at Home

Boosting Summer Learning at Home | Los Angeles Special Education

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.

Sign up for Reading Challenges

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.

Find Free Worksheets

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.

Turn to an App

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.

Work with the Hands

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.

Look for a Summer Camp

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.

Try Summer School

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.

Be sure to check with your school district or even with community resources, such as your local community center or library, for more fun ideas for your special education students. Summer learning does not have to be regimented. Instead, it can be fun and appeal to your child’s interests while preventing summer knowledge loss. If you need help in this area or feel that your local school district is not supporting you in this, contact a special education attorney from Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman.
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