Summer school can be a great experience for your child, but what can you expect? Well, there are plenty of things worth knowing before you send your child that will help make it that bit easier, both for your child and for you. In this guide you can read about the benefits of summer school, what to expect and how you can deal with potential issues.
Developing language skills and independence
Your child will learn plenty more than just a language when they attend summer school. They’ll definitely develop a level of independence. They’ll also pick up a whole new raft of social skills, as they learn to adapt to different situations and new people. Learning a new language has plenty of benefits in itself, though. It will improve future job prospects and look great on a CV.
The process of living and studying abroad, with an organisation like ESL Schools, will also help your child to mature, develop a sense of identity and become more independent. You can expect your child to come back equipped with fresh skills and a new level of confidence in themselves.
Making new friends and having great experiences
Summer schools provide the ideal platform for your child to meet children from different cultures and countries. This will help them develop an open mind and broader sense of the world. They’ll make new friends and will likely be more open to new experiences than they were before.
Not only that, they’ll get to experience the culture of the country in which they’re studying. If they’re travelling to study at a German summer camp with ESL Schools, for example, they’ll not only learn the native language but will get a good opportunity to experience life and culture in Germany.
How to deal with homesickness
One of the big things to consider is homesickness. No one knows your child like you do, and you need to weigh up whether they’re ready to go. There will be a degree of homesickness but you can help to overcome this with calls (regular, if necessary) and by letting them know that they can always contact you. Another great way of doing this is to set up internet chats, as long as the services are available. Once they’re settled, the homesickness will melt away.
If you like what you’ve read so far and want to know more, there is plenty of information out there. A good resource to keep an eye on is information about ESL schools on Twitter and on the website. Arm yourself with as much information as you can, talk to your child about where they’d like to go, and then set them off on an invaluable adventure.
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