If your child is struggling in school, you might be wondering if putting them into some sort of summer program will help them to succeed. In many cases, this will be the best thing for them. Here are some things that you can do to improve your child's understanding and learning.
1. If One Way Isn't Working, Change It
The first thing that every parent and teacher should know is that all individuals learn so differently. Unfortunately, the schooling system puts a lot of emphasis on verbal lecturing and worksheets. However, some children cannot conceptualize a concept when taught that way, so even though they are capable of learning something, like math, the way they are being taught is confusing for them.
Rather than do worksheets, try a more hands on approach, play games, read books about math, sing songs, and so forth. Don't keep drilling the same things if they aren't working. This only increases the chance of failure.
2. Keep The Child Well Rounded
If the child is struggling in a certain subject, don't just drill that subject. This could result in them not only hating the subject, but also losing interest in other things they love. So for example, if the child is struggling with math, like in our earlier example, but loves music, let them play music. Teach music, rhythm, notes, and so forth. Math and music are extremely similar and by doing so you might help to develop the part of their brain that they need to fully understand math. You can also use interests that the child has, like dinosaurs, to help teach math concepts. In the process of trying to get the child to love math, you shouldn't make them hate everything else. This will only backfire in the future.
3. Be Patient
Just as everyone learns differently, everyone excels differently. Be careful not to expect too much out of the child and make them feel as though they are not capable. Summer programs can be fun and help the child excel, but you still must be realistic about the progress. Over time, there will be improvements, but these improvements maybe small and seemingly unimportant. Don't forget about the individual in attempt to teach a subject. The child is most important. The education of the child, although incredibly important, should never take precedence and make the child feel unloved or unworthy of praise.
By doing these things, you can help your child succeed.