Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. With so much to think about and plan for the summer months, you may be wondering how to make the most of your child's summer break. One of the most beneficial things for your child or teen can be involvement in a specialized summer program which provides a jumpstart and proactive approach to preparing for the next school year. We've put together four reasons why summer programs can be a highly advantageous opportunity.
Keep Academic Skills Fresh
While we want summers to be a time to relax, have fun, socialize, and rest, it can also be important for your child to engage in periodic activities which keep academic skills fresh during that long break from school. For many children and teens, not exercising those academic muscles can lead to some loss of learned skills. Having your child engage in a summer intensive is a wonderful opportunity to get ahead!
Opportunities to Socialize
Another benefit to summer programs is the ability to interact with peers in a different setting. Learning to socialize with those outside your child's day to day circle, provides an opportunity for your child to strengthen and fine tune their abilities to engage with and get to know people with whom they have not interacted.
Learn in a Unique Setting
One of the greatest assets of summer programs is they allow your child to learn in a setting that is different from a classroom. Finding a program that has a good blend of learning opportunities, fun, and socialization is key.
According to Parallel's clinical supervisor, Dr. Jordan Wright, "Balance is important in summer programming. While some kids need extra support academically, all kids also need to be able to socialize and be kids during the summer. Extra academic supports can help prevent summer learning loss, but somewhat unstructured and purely fun/social time is also important for kids as they develop."
Work with Experts
Summer programs can also provide your child with the opportunity to work with specialized instructors who are experts with particular content areas or specialties. Having access to these resources and specialists in a more intimate environment can set your child up for success for the upcoming school year.
Parallel Summer Accelerator Program
At Parallel we recognize the importance of a strong, highly beneficial summer program which incorporates collaborative, project based experiences led by experts. We have carefully and thoughtfully designed a summer accelerator program for middle and high school students which will strengthen your teens organization skills and enhance their success at school and beyond. If you would like to learn more about our new summer program or reserve your spot today, call (914) 377-5655 or click here.