Do believe summer school is helpful for children?

@TriciaW (2441)
United States
June 4, 2007 8:22am CST
My daughter struggles in school due to her disabilities and for me I think a few weeks of summer school only helps her to keep everything she has learned fresh. It also gives her something to do in the summer where she can see other friends and keep her mind thinking. It isn't all summer just a few weeks. I ran into a mom the other day that was mad because the school wanted her son to take summer school. I listened to her vent a bit and then said my goodness I love when they offer it to my daughter. I told her that to me it is a benefit and a positive thing not a negative thing. I don't think she liked my thought process but she stopped nagging about it. I guess I only see the benefits but what do you think?
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
4 Jun 07
I only had one son go to summer school. I think that it was a good thing for him. He was falling behind a bit and this helped him get the refresher on the skills needed to continue to the next grade. I think that if a parent responds to this in a positive way, the child will look at it positively. Good for your attitude.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
4 Jun 07
yup. if the kid can see that a parent is taking it positively, he'll/she'll understand that taking summer classes will do positive things to him, too. it's all about how we deal with things and kids look up to their parents.
@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I think it is great. I honestly think they should have year round school with short breaks thru out the year. The kids forget so much during the summer break and have to spend the first weeks of school relearning it. And, most of the schools have air-conditioning now, so no reason not to have it all year. Like 3 weeks of school, then 1 week off or something like that. But, I think any education they can get is good for them.
@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
4 Jul 07
Summer school is great for kids who can't grasp what they are doing throughout the year....I just wish they'd break it up,have two weeks in July and than again in August.....this way the information would still be fresh when they returned in September
• United States
12 Jun 07
My son is 7 and is summer right now for the first time. I was not thrilled hen they first offered it, but his reading skills are behind and I would rather give up a little summer freedom than have him struggle more.
• United States
5 Jun 07
I loved going to summer school. I took it once because I had to in order to pass the grade I was in and then every summer after that I took a course or two to "get ahead" with my high school credits. For me, summer school is easier because it is fast paced, you get an entire weeks worth of work done in one day, I learned better that way. Most kids will look at summer school as a negative thing because summer is so hyped up. My two daughters couldn't wait to get out of school and three days into summer break they are moaning about how bored they are. If they had been old enough to attend summer school, they wouldn't be so bored! The days pass so quickly in summer school she won't even notice, there is still plenty of time to have fun after summer school is finished!
• India
5 Jun 07
i think it would be helpful to her.They teach so many new things,u know the will get exposed to various activities and it would be make her more active.I think if u explain her nicely she would be happy to join summer school.Since holidays would be there in summer so she will get bored sitting at home , this would be a change for her.
@kumarravi (145)
• India
5 Jun 07
yes summer schools do help for the children but it should not for the studies only it can have music, dance and other things which a child like by which she can have interest in learning things and work done. By this summer schools it is more beneficial in terms of your child for future
• United States
5 Jun 07
Yes, I think that summer school is very helpful to children. My son has ADHD and seems to struggle a bit anyway, so he always attends. It is not all work, there is some play involved in the afternoon, so that is a good thing. This year we have moved and he will be attending a new school, so I enrolled him in summer school so that he would get to know some of the kids from his grade and maybe not be considered such a new kid when the school year comes around.
@ainpat (280)
5 Jun 07
Our thoughts were familiar, because we want the best things for our children, so in the future they'll have wonderful lives.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
4 Jun 07
keeping kids busy during the summer will benefit them a lot. they keep on learning things they are interested on plus they learn a lot of friends. they, too will learn to value time and will value their luck on learning.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
4 Jun 07
I had to go to summer school only once in my lifetime and if I didnt I would not pass that year and go to the next grade. So yes it did benefit me big time. I was furious that I had to go but I got over it pretty quickly because you dont go the whole summer.
• United States
4 Jun 07
My son went to summer school last summer - between kindergarten and 1st grade. When I first heard that they recommended it, I was disappointed that he needed it. I also blamed myself for him needing it - maybe I didn't do what I was supposed to do with him etc. It was a 3 week program, everyday from 9 - 12. It was specifically for literacy. He was a little behind where the teachers wanted him to begin 1st grade. He made so much progress in those 3 weeks, I was amazed. I am so glad that they recommended it for him last year. It was definitely worth it and it was the right decision. Maybe the other mom just feels like I did at first. Hopefully when it is over, she will see the benefits. He also saw a reading specialist all during 1st grade and he made great progress.
@AmbiePam (49880)
• United States
4 Jun 07
I think you are right. The other mom might think it is the school's way of saying her son is slow, but that is not the case. She may also be aggravated by having to come drop off and pick up her son. But you have the right attitude. I think it can only help your daughter, academically and socially. Seeing her friends outside of the regular school year can only be a plus for her.