MAK­ING SUM­MER BREAK WORTH­WHILE FOR CHIL­DREN

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

JU­DITH H. PINEDA

Grad­u­a­tion, com­mence­ment and mov­ing up ex­er­cises are over and it’s sum­mer and va­ca­tion time for stu­dents!

But should learn­ing stop al­to­gether with the sum­mer break? Of course not! So, en­gage chil­dren to be part of spe­cial pro­grams that will al­low them to en­joy while learn­ing.

Sum­mer pro­grams for chil­dren can pro­vide many ben­e­fits, like sup­port­ing con­sis­tent achieve­ment of de­vel­op­men­tal mile­stones, im­prov­ing so­cial skills through con­tin­ued con­tact with other chil­dren and adults, pro­vid­ing a pos­i­tive out­let for en­ergy and emo­tions, and de­creas­ing the “sum­mer slide” which neg­a­tively im­pacts learn­ing.

The need for qual­ity sum­mer pro­grams for chil­dren is get­ting more at­ten­tion, as such pro­grams help bridge the sum­mer ed­u­ca­tional gap.

In the past, sum­mer learn­ing was as­so­ci­ated with low-achiev­ing stu­dents sit­ting through hours of “catch-up” ma­te­rial while their higher-achiev­ing friends en­joyed care­free hours of sum­mer leisure. But to­day, sum­mer learn­ing pro­grams ex­ist in many dif­fer­ent forms and are based on pur­pose, provider, re­quire­ments for at­ten­dance, length and set­ting.

To­gether, the com­bined ef­forts of those who teach chil­dren will re­sult in im­proved ac­cess to qual­ity sum­mer pro­grams that ben­e­fit all by mak­ing the most of the sum­mer months.

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The au­thor is Teacher I at Dila-Dila El­e­men­tary School, Sta. Rita, Pam­panga

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