Summer is here! Time for bathing suits, beaches, and banana splits. Summer can also be a time to recoup from the previous school year if some of the statements listed below ring true for your kid. Sure, a child needs time to breathe – there's no need to haul your kid to a summer tutoring center the week after school gets out. But it is a good idea to research the summer tutoring possibilities before your little angel decides that school isn't worth the extra effort.
1. Your kid's grades were less than ideal on the last report card.
Maybe you're not raising Einstein, but you know he or she can do better than the grades they brought home to you on their last report card or progress report. Even if the grades weren't in the failing range, they were enough of a drop from the norm to get you worried.
2. You've noticed negative changes in behavior during the school year.
It could be as simple as an increased moodiness when you talk to your kid about school. Or you're getting calls from teachers, complaining of excessive talking or disruption.
You could even see signs of inexplicable negative behavior outside the arena of school – when he or she should be having fun at home, with friends or hanging out with family.
3. Your kid has an increased lack of motivation.
He or she is making excuses for not doing projects, completing homework, or studying for quizzes and tests. You've tried bribery, begging, punishment, and reason to get your kid to care about school, but nothing seems to help. When your kid brings home a poor grade, he or she demonstrates a complete lack of concern.
4. Your kid's teacher recommended summer tutoring or other help for your kid.
Your kid's teacher or teachers called you and asked you specifically to come to conference night. They emailed you about your child's grades. They've recommended the school's after-school tutoring sessions. They've sent you emails or letters regarding your child's conduct in class.
5. Your kid's confidence and self-esteem are waning.
Your kid berates himself after getting a poor grade and complains that school is "just too hard," or he or she "can't do it." Your child compares himself/herself to others in the class and finds flaws. Your child is scared of being ridiculed by friends and classmates or refuses to give the class presentation.
6. No matter how long your kid spends on homework, it's not finished nor accurate.
Even getting your child to sit down to complete homework is becoming a huge burden, and when he or she finally tries, homework stretches into hours-long sessions with poor results. You end up helping your child through much of the work, or find that he or she completes the work inaccurately most of the time.
7. Your kid doesn't want to go to school anymore.
Not only is your child tired in the morning, it's a chore to get them to go to school at all. He or she refuses to get up, complains of being sick, or makes up excuses about friends to avoid going to school.
8. Your kid has an increased lack of attention.
You've noticed that when you're talking to your son or daughter, his or her mind wanders off frequently or more than normal. He or she gets in trouble in class for doodling, reading other materials, talking or sleeping. No matter what you do, you can't teach your child how to focus when studying.
9. Your kid has test anxiety.
He or she has been talking about that big Science test all week. You notice a rise of upset stomach complaints or bitten nails as test day approaches. He or she doesn't want to eat breakfast before school on test day. Despite your attempts to relieve his or her stress, nothing helps.