Tips for parents on planning activities

After two full years of pandemic training, districts across the country are tackling the problem of learning regression. Many strategies involve leveraging additional summer classes, but what do experts say about where parents should start?

First off, summer learning doesn’t have to be 100% academic. Parents and schools can be successful by emphasizing children’s interests, suggested Aaron Dworkin, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association.

“Number one is finding your students’ passion,” Dworkin said.

Summer camps can build social skills and independence, and provide access to key mentors. For older teens, Dworkin said, a summer job is one of the best forms of hands-on, real-world learning.

“Think of summer as that chance to work on your game. What do you want to become? Better at singing, better at playing the piano, better at driving — you’ve got a chance,” Dworkin said.

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