Monday, June 1, 2009

A Teachers View: Summer School???

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My Child has to go to Summer School?!?! In Elementary School?!?!

As the school year winds down, many teachers are sending out recommendations for summer school. If your child gets ones, don’t panic!

At the primary elementary level, summer school is not punishment, it does not mean Billy did not pass 1st grade. The intend of primary summer school is usually one of two things: 1) to help get a child over that final hump to be ready for the next grade or 2) to help a child maintain the progress he/she has made all school year. Studies show that students can lose as much as an entire reading level over summer vacation as well as math skills. The goal of primary summer school is to prevent that loss.

At the intermediate elementary level, things are a little different. Summer school may be used to reinforce what was taught over the school year, to work on specific skills such as Achievement Test preparation, or to combat a failing grade. Again, the goal here is to help the kids be successful for next fall.

Summer school is usually only a couple of weeks for a couple of hours a day. The summer school teachers I’ve talked to tell me there is a lot of work being done, but the kids also really enjoy themselves.


Amy said...

I took summer school between third and fourth grades. I'm not sure what the deal was with my teacher, but she never got around to teaching us multiplication like she was supposed to. Needless to say, she did not teach at my school the following year. In fourth grade my math skills were right where they should have been, so I'm grateful for not being behind everyone else.