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How to Keep Your Children Learning During the Summer

Your child has worked hard all school year, but forgoing learning throughout the summer can set their reading and math skills back three months.1 Keeping them on track doesn’t mean taking away the fun. Whether it’s general subject tutoring or SAT prep, your students can retain their skills and excel with an hour or two a week of help.

Here’s how you can help your children continue their education during the summer months:

Hire a Tutor

Tutoring is one of the most effective means to help kids learn. A tutor can craft individualized lesson plans. Just an hour or two per week with a math tutor or receiving science tutoring can shore up any learning gaps and prepare your student for the next grade level. A tutor can assist in any subject or provide homework help, AP exam tutoring, or help studying for a standardized test such as the NYSED regents.

How to Work with Your Children

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Helping your children retain and advance their math, reading comprehension, and grammar skills does not mean spending all summer doing math problems or memorizing vocabulary. You can engage them with various fun activities that can take just 15 to 30 minutes a day. Here are a few strategies that can help:

  • Encourage Your Child to Read: Your child should spend at least a few minutes a day reading. A reading comprehension workbook provides exercises with engaging reading materials and that focus on grade-level skills. Magazines, comic books, age-appropriate novels, joke books, almanacs, and poetry, as well as audiobooks, can be useful as well.
  • Encourage Learning Through Music: Music is a powerful learning tool. Try having your child write a funny song about a TV show they like, a person they know, or event in their life. Rewriting lyrics to songs they know can be fun and beneficial. Also, pick a toy, book, or hobby they like and ask your child to write a quick advertising jingle about it.
  • Reward Your Child for Learning: Positive reinforcement can encourage your student to continue learning. In fact, the learning process can be highly rewarding. Planning a family vacation? Involve your child in the planning process, using maps and travel information to find cities and areas of interest, and find books on states you’ll be traveling through. Even enlist your student in determining how many gallons of gas are needed to get from point A to point B. Puzzles, museum trips, board games, and movies can be both rewarding and educational as well.


Find Tutoring Through JM Learning

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If classroom instruction or an SAT prep book isn’t enough, JM Learning can connect your student with an SAT prep tutor, SAT prep classes, and other learning options. Our academic tutoring programs include private lessons and group sessions in any subject, from kindergarten through graduate school. To learn more, contact us at 718-975-2665 or info@jmlearning.com.