Family Time: Fight summer 'brain drain' with online summer school

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Tip of the Week

Cash-strapped school districts across the country are cutting summer-school programs in record numbers. In fact, more than a third of administrators polled in a recent American Association of School Administrators survey said they are considering eliminating summer school for the 2010-11 school year.

The good news for parents is that the recent boom in online K-12 education means many high-quality, engaging online summer school programs are now available to students. And since they're online, students don't have to choose between hitting the beach or hitting the books.

Wondering if online summer school is right for you or your student? Consider the following reasons why more and more students are choosing this innovative option:

- Ability to explore subjects unavailable at the local school

- Solve a scheduling problem if a particular course is not available during the summer from the local school

- Gain additional course credits to either accelerate or get back on track

- Strengthen skills in core subjects

- Beat summer learning loss

- Engage in an online learning environment for the first time

- Access 24/7 learning

If you are interested in online summer school for your child, be sure to discuss credit transfer policies with your school  before you sign your child up for a course.


Family Screening Room

“Toy Story 3”

Rated: G

Length: 103 minutes

Synopsis: Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner, Andy, prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. So it's all for one and one for all as they join Barbie's counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear to plan their great escape.

Violence/scary rating: 2

Sexual-content rating: 1

Profanity rating: 1

Drugs/alcohol rating: 1

Family Time rating: 1.5. A fantastic family film, and like the previous two in this franchise, one that everyone likely will enjoy.

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Book Report

“Where's My Mom?” by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (illustrator)

Ages: 4-8

Pages: 32

Synopsis: When little monkey can't find his mother, butterfly offers to help in the search. Little monkey says that his mother is big, so butterfly leads him to … an elephant. No, that's not right! Little monkey says his mom is furry, so butterfly leads him to … a bat. That's not right either. From then on, little monkey and butterfly meet many jungle animals, but they don't find Mom until little monkey comes up with just the right description.

Did You Know

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