The summer is a time for relaxation for some, and time to get all of the things done that go neglected for others. It can also become a time to catch up on some academic skills. Some schools offer summer camps, summer school programs and/or tutoring services.
If your child is bored, you can find affordable ways to keep him busy. Most movie theaters offer $1 shows or discount times during the summer. The library may offer book clubs for summer reading. These programs are often free to participate.
Work is another option. The entrepreneur may enjoy starting a lawn care business, babysitting, or lemonade stand. Start-up cost would be low, and the kids would develop a sense of responsibility. Some cities fund summer work programs for teens. Job prospects can be found in various settings. The city zoo may offer job opportunities for teenagers during summer months, not to mention fast food establishments. Some businesses are willing to hire at the age of 14.
Volunteering can be rewarding, as well as fun. Volunteer work can be found in nursing homes, hospitals or day cares. The Red Cross offers opportunities for volunteer work, as well as training for various jobs. Your local charity may also allow your child to do some volunteer work for them.
Part of the summer could be used to brush up on academic skills. If your child enjoys cooking, allow her to read the cookbook. She can then do the measuring, preparing, and cooking. The newspaper or comic books can increase the vocabulary just by reading for a few minutes daily. It can also increase comprehension when you ask questions about the events or stories. Computer games could also be used to increase vocabulary, reading, and math skills. Workbooks can also be purchased from the bookstore. One size does not fit all. The workbook may need to be modified to meet the needs of your child.
If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability, and has an IEP, he may qualify for free services through the Exceptional Children/Special Education Extended School Year. This would be determined in the IEP meeting. In order to qualify, your child would have to show a need for ESY. The type of service, along with frequency would be determined during the meeting.
Be careful when planning the summer. Some kids with learning disabilities have negative feelings about school because of the challenges they face. Too many academic goals during the summer may frustrate your child. Find ways to make learning fun. Allow your child to pick the activities. Always incorporate activities your child will enjoy, as well as stimulate the learning process.