This is the question my 10yo DS asked me last night when he was going to bed. He does pretty well in school, but has always been right at the standards, so we worry about retention over the summer. Our school district has summer school for two weeks in June and two weeks in August, 3 hours a day. His teachers thought he might benefit from coming to this second session to give him a jump start on the school year.
He has gone three days and really enjoyed it, he has friends there, loves the teacher, they are getting to experiment with technology before the rest of the students (the school acquired an ipad lab over the summer!) and they have been able to work outside often as well. So I was surprised when he asked me this question last night, and I know he was mostly referring to his sister who is not going.
How would you respond to this? I don't want him to think he isn't a smart kid or that he is being picked on. I told him the teachers have meetings and decide which kids would benefit from summer school. I said all kids learn differently and that summer school is helpful for some, but not as helpful for others. Do you think that is a good answer? What else could I have said?
It breaks my heart to see him questioning himself