Children with learning-related problems who do not have formal lessons given to them regarding reading and other skills needed for academic-related tasks, often forget what they have learned.

I used to have a student who goes “on leave” from our sessions during summer. He and his family usually go abroad during the third week of April and come back after a month. What follows that month-long respite from individualized instructions are some more out of town trips with their company’s employees.

And when he comes back, he tends to misspell his own name. Worse, we have to re-learn what we have already accomplished especially in our Practical Reading drills.

Reading drills don’t have to be as toxic as a get-a-book-sit-down-and-read kind of thing. There are so much to read, just look around and you will see what I mean.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Road signs, township signs, and maps during road trips
  • Food Menu in restaurants
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Newspaper clips
  • Food labels
  • Written instructions for games to be played
  • For online interactive games, turn off the audio and read the instructions aloud instead
  • Keep a diary to keep tab of all the exciting summer fun activities and write about these happenings

The possibilities are endless.

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