Teachers agree that preventing skill losses in the first place is the best way to go, hands down. There are several options to help reduce the possibility of regression using summer school activities. Some schools and community organizations offer summer school learning programs. To see whether summer school activities and programs are available in your community, contact your school district's central office and local community agencies that typically have summer programs. Private companies that specialize in tutoring may also offer individual or small group tutoring to keep skills fresh in students' minds and even to give a competitive edge in some cases. There are several things you should consider in choosing a program. Some students who are formally diagnosed with learning disabilities and who participate in special education programs may qualify for summer services. The decision as to whether a learning disabled student qualifies for Extended School Year (ESY) is made in a formal meeting at the student's school. Depending on their needs and their IEPs, the type of services, frequency, and amount of time that SLD students receive will vary. Because they are focused specifically on IEP goals and objectives and other important parts of the child’s IEP, ESY services usually involve fewer hours of instruction than are typically given in a regular school day.

 

Summer school activities

ESY services are provided in small groups or one-on-one situations where students receive more individualized attention than they would generally receive in a classroom setting where there are more students present. There are other ways you can provide summer school instruction for your child in case there are no ESY services available to you, or if you simply want to provide good learning experiences at home. Commercially produced programs are available in workbook, video, and computer game formats and can work for summer school at home. Many are provided by subject and estimated grade level for your convenience. You can find these programs at public libraries, local book stores, and teacher supply stores. Reviewing your child's latest report cards or progress reports can provide you with information you need to select a program focused on the skills in which your child needs the most help in a home summer school program. Your child's teacher and school librarian can also provide helpful guidance on materials and programs for summer school at home.  There are great ways to help your child exercise her skills during summer school at home. Be creative and look for opportunities in your every day routine. Even the seemingly humdrum activities of everyday life, can be transformed into learning experiences. There are many ways you can do this using these simple strategies given here and tools you probably have around the house. You can adapt the challenge level for any of these home summer school activities based on the student's skill levels. Pull in your student's special interests and talents by creating activities around a theme where is possible. Frequently, you can get more mileage from activities by targeting several different types of skills in each activity.