Children look forward to the long summer break from school. It gives them a chance to relax with friends, spend time outdoors, and vacation with family. But they shouldn’t stop learning during those months. Children who don’t continue their studies may start school in the fall at a disadvantage. Many students forget what they learned the previous school year and have to learn it all over again in the fall. Researchers call this the “summer slide,” and say that it can take a month or more to re-learn the information forgotten over the summer. Learning over the summer is so important that the National Summer Learning Association was developed to provide resources and direction for summer learning.
Continuing their studies over the summer is especially important as students near the college years. Colleges look for good grades and students with well-rounded backgrounds. Year-round learning helps keep prospective college students competitive and may increase their chances of being accepted to the schools of their choice.
Summer break gives children and young adults some down time, which is perfect for reading. In fact, it is important for parents to make sure their kids continue to read over the summer. Libraries are a perfect place to spend rainy summer days. Math skills can be practiced when grocery shopping, cooking, or when kids are trying to determine whether their allowance will stretch to afford that movie they’ve been wanting to see.
Matlock Preparatory (MP) also offers a way for kids to continue learning over the summer. This West Palm Beach private school is a college prep school with outstanding programs for high school students. The MP Summer School is open to all students and gives them the ability to make up a class or simply enrich their education during the summer months. Students attending the summer school can study almost any high school subject and get one-on-one attention from experienced teachers.
The campus is centrally located, making it easy for any child to continue his or her education during the summer. The MP Summer School runs from June 11 to July 13. Students who attend the summer program at the West Palm Beach private school may even gain enough credits to graduate early.