Once again this year I have signed my son up for several reading programs, though he doesn’t need much motivation to read.  It is an extra benefit that he gets a free book or another reward for reading.

However, math continues to be challenging for him.  While I want him to relax and have fun this summer, I don’t want him to start 3rd grade with a math deficit.  So, I have been researching some online summer enrichment programs for him.

If your kids are off school and you are looking to prevent the infamous summer backslide, here are a few programs we have discovered.  Your child will not be working all day, but rather spending 20 to 40 minutes a day on the computer working to improve their skills.

Beestar

Beestar originates in Texas and is for children in 1st through 8th grade.  The summer session begins June 3rd and runs for 9 weeks.  Children are given assignments on Sunday night and are expected to complete two worksheets (usually multiple choice) per week.  Each is expected to take 10 minutes.  This program is free.

If you would like to enroll in other subjects for summer enrichment, there is a $20 to $30 monthly fee.

Time4Learning

This program, which was named a top three selection of Homeschool.com’s “Top 100 Educational Websites of 2009”, costs $19.95 a month and is for children in preschool through 8th grade.  They offer a two week 100% satisfied money back guarantee.  If you are not satisfied, ask for your money back within two weeks and you will get a full refund.  Time4Learning’s main focus is language arts and math, but you can also sign up for science and social studies as a bonus.  You can alternatively choose to sign up for only one subject, though you will still have to pay the full monthly amount.

Ten Marks Math Tutoring

My son and I had the opportunity to review this program back in November, 2010, and we loved it.  This program is for kids in 2nd to 10th grade.  (You can read my full review of Ten Marks here.)  TenMarks’ summer program is $39 for 3 months for one child.

My son doesn’t complete school until the end of this week, but I plan to begin him in Ten Marks next week.  He enjoyed the program when we tried it out, so I hope he will enjoy it again this year.

Ten Marks has agreed to give all Mom’s Plans readers a 20% discount from their summer program.  Simply use the code   lutheran20  through June 15th.

I have struggled with math my entire life, and being weak in math did limit me.  I don’t want to see my son struggle as I have.

Do you enroll your children in any summer enrichment programs?  If so, which ones?

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