The school bell may stop ringing, but summer is a great time for all kinds of active learning opportunities for kids. In our "virtual beach bag" you'll find all kinds of ideas, resources, and printables to share with students and parents — as well as information about summer learning loss and how to turn that around into summer learning gains.
The summer months are important to your child's academic development in two ways. First, childrens need to be reminded of what they learned during the school year so that they remember it when they return in the fall. Second, and perhaps more important, children with dyslexia can discover the joys of reading and other academic skills in the relaxed summer season.
Choosing the appropriate summer camp for your child can be challenging for parents. Learn from one mother's experience: unable to find the right summer program for her child with LD, Ann Cathcart started a camp herself to create exactly what she wanted for her son. Here are her tips on what to look for in a summer camp experience for your child with learning differences.
Meet Cece Bell, the award-winning author and illustrator of children's books including El Deafo, which won a Newbery Honor and the Geisel Award in 2015. In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful — and very awkward — hearing aid.
If your child has an IEP, it may or may not cover summer. Some kids get extended school year services built into their IEPs, but many don't. If your child isn't attending a summer learning program, you may worry about how she'll keep up while school's out. But you can help reinforce her goals, even if she doesn't have school services in the summer. Here's how. Start by re-reading your child's IEP plan. (From our partner, Understood.org)
Meet second-year English teacher Jenna Bianchi who is forced to make a choice: Give up on the defiant tenth grader with ADHD who is threatening to ruin her career, or help him harness his creativity and find a better path. Here, Jenna faces off with the rebellious student — just one of many challenges she will have to overcome.
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