The Lowdown on Gearing Up for
Summer Camp

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Circulation: 91,148
ISSN: 1538-320
April 23, 2013

rock wallWorking at play...what summer camp is all about.

You know the importance of summer learning. If your summer plans are not already in place, it's time to figure out how you will defeat the "summer slide" this year.

Find a program to maintain and enhance your child's academic and developmental growth over the summer.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you'll find information on summer planning, guidance about choosing an activity to fit your child's needs, and resource directories of special programs.

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Having Fun - Building Skills - Making Friends

Summer vacation often poses a challenge for parents of children with special needs. Some camps are free. Some camps offer scholarships. Some camps are for military children. Some camps are specifically for children with special needs. Some camps are highly structured, others have a more relaxed environment.

Look for activities that offer positive and rewarding experiences to foster independence and self-esteem. Learn how to Find the Right Summer Camp.

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Bridging the Gap with Reading

RIF tells us by the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates.

Summer reading can bridge the gap over the school holiday when kids can forget up to 30% of what they learned during the school year.


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DIY: Find a Summer Tutor or Program

DIY: share interesting book projects, develop an activity journal, take fun field trips to discover math and science facts. Plan tutoring sessions to keep your child 'tuned in' to learning throughout the summer.

Or, find a summer tutor or program on the Yellow Pages for Kids.


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Summer Reading for Parents

Parents: Resolve to read one book a month (or more) this summer.

You'll find a great book list and information about the Wrightslaw “Book a Month” plan in the Advocate’s Bookstore.


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