Though, another option is to pool your resources and hire a vacationing teacher to do the job. Many special-education teachers don't get picked up for summer school jobs just as many kids don't get selected for ESY. You may be able to find one who's willing to be a tutor-for-hire, at least for part of your ESY day, and bring "class"work and ideas along. You wouldn't want your child bused to a different campus every school day, so keep your ESY program at one location, too. This allows you to keep supplies and uncompleted work conveniently on-site, and not worry about things going missing. Find a space you can dedicate to schooling -- a corner of the dining-room table, maybe, or a cart for piling supplies. Have a table the kids can work at together.  Those who aren't donating their home can provide transportation and bring supplies in case you're doing this with a group of parents.  You've already got some direction and some assignments to give in case your child's teacher has sent home work to be done over the summer. Look at the goals that have been set for the coming year, and think about how you can address them and review the IEP of your child.



Some will obviously be best handled by a teacher in a classroom, but things like money and life skills are perfect for a less-formal home approach.  Working with your own child's needs or those of the group you've assembled, pick three or four areas to concentrate on -- maybe reading, math, writing, and life skills. ESY programs generally aren't as long as a normal school day. Plan on about four hours, and reduce as needed to suit the abilities of your child or group.  According to the availability of the adults, schedule those hours  and the best learning times for the kids. You can go four hours in the a.m., four hours in the p.m., two hours in each with some playtime in the middle, whatever works for you. You'll want to schedule in breaks for recess, lunch, maybe art and music, even therapy. But keep to a routine, and post it so the kids can follow. Not all learning has to take place in a (makeshift) classroom. Doing your own ESY means you can take your child or group out in the world to experience and learn and grow. That might mean going to a fast-food restaurant and having the kids handle the money or it might mean a science museum or environmental center. You're not going to be grading your child, but it wouldn't hurt to write up a little report at the end of the program to let teachers, therapists, and case managers know what you were up to over the break. If any progress was made over the months away, and will let everyone know you're a parent who believes in learning and pushes to keep it going, it will help those who work with your child to know.