Don't let their brains melt
Avoid summer school (and summer brain drain) with a little e-learning.
By Hank Pellissier
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My two children are ecstatically counting down the number of school days left because they’re eager for a long, mindless summer, where they can forget 30% of what they learned during the academic year. That’s right: Research says students can lose up to three months of learning over the sunny holiday season.
I wanted my children to retain their math and reading skills and perhaps nurture their budding curiosity in science and history. But whenever I mentioned summer school, my proposal was greeted with horrific tantrums and tears. “That’ll ruin our summer!” they screamed. “We want to have fun!”
I needed a new scheme. A ploy that would build their smarts without triggering their hysteric resistance. That’s why I was willing to try ... online summer school programs. E-learning, I hoped, would halt the erosion of their reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic. Plus we could sample intriguing electives their regular school doesn’t offer. With luck, my little scholars would even get a jump-start on the upcoming year.
But where to start? After contacting and researching a range of online schools, I offer a tidy synopsis: Five options my family — or yours — can use to prevent painful backsliding in the academic off-season.
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