What If We Just Kept on Learning?

Without structured educational activities during summer break, children with attention deficit (ADD/ADHD), learning disabilities, and other special needs often suffer learning loss. Try this plan for an alternative summer school to keep your child learning while still making time to have fun.

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Creative Ways to Prevent Learning Loss

Natalie and Harry worked on the same academic skills they would work on at school, but they worked much differently. They practiced math facts while on a swing. They used flashcards to learn words by sight, but they didn't sit face-to-face with the teacher to see them. Instead, when Hannah said a word, they raced to find the right flashcard among the many spread around the room. In addition to academic basics, the kids' learning followed their own interests. Harry took home books about trains, while Natalie chose books about dogs. "School" also meant concerts in the park and lunches at Subway.

"When children study something they are passionate about, a range of similar topics opens up," says Rief. "They wind up developing skills that are transferable to other subjects."

That may be true, but Natalie and Harry can't wait to get back to school this summer because it's fun.

Educational and Fun Summers for ADD/ADHD Children

Summer Activities for ADD/ADHD Children, Preteens
Keys to a Successful Summer for ADD/ADHD Kids
How to Plan the Perfect Summer for ADD/ADHD Kids
Summer Reading Program to Boost Comprehension Skills
How to Foster Creativity and Confidence in Your ADD/ADHD Child

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