Magazine article Work & Family Life

'My Son Has to Go to Summer School'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

'My Son Has to Go to Summer School'

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Q My son will not be promoted with his class to the 5th grade unless he does well in summer school. He feels like his summer's been ruined. How can I help?

-J.F., NewYork, NY

A How children perceive summer school has a lot to do with why they think they're going. If kids are making up for poor grades or low scores on a test, they may interpret this as another sign of failure. So it's important to be encouraging and supportive. Here are some suggestions:

* Try to find out as much as you can about the summer school format and how it will be different from the regular school year. Be aware that all of the resources of a school may not be available during the summer and the teachers may be less experienced. Helping your son get the most out of the experience may require even more parent involvement than during the regular school year.

* Tell your son that this is not a matter of anyone being mean or punishing him. Talk in term of priorities-emphasizing that his schoolwork is a priority. Let him know that he will have plenty of time to play with his friends, as long as he finishes his homework, does a good job and hands it in on time. And don't add to the guilt trip by saying that his going to summer school will be a burden on you too. …

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