L.G. asks from Carrollton, TX on June 17, 2010
Poll: Do Your Kids Do School Work During the Summer to Keep Up?
I have gotten a lot of slack the past two weeks from my family and my son's dad (who is harldy around) that I have him doing thirty minutes, 5 days a week, of school work. Might I add that the work is not hard at all. In fact he asked for harder work!! He was even asking to do book reports over the summer untill people stuck their noses into the situation. He ended first grade on such a good note that I hate for him to slip this summer. He was actually excited for his summer school work until people put negative thoughts in his head. He now refuses to do the work and thinks I am super mean for making him do it. Oh how I wish people would leave parenting to the parent who raises the child!! So now I am wondering if I am the only parent who does this? TIA
**We did this last summer and my son was so happy to go back to school ready for class.
So What Happened?™
Thank you so much everyone! I was starting to doubt myself. My son and I had a talk last night about the importance of going back to school and remembering what we already learned in first. We did agree he would get two weeks off this summer as work free time if he tried his hardest the other weeks. Then we went to the bookstore and he picked out Junie B Jones, Diary of a Whimpy Kid and a few other "cool" chapter books for this summer. He is very excited that he got to choose his own books. I also printed him off some 2nd and 3rd grade math sheets. Hopefully that will keep him going! He doesn't mind the reading and math, it's the writing he can stand. But that was his only area for growth because his handwritting is that of a doctor's! :))
M.H. answers from Amarillo on June 18, 2010
I have a son who has just finished first grade and a daughter who just finished preK. My son has to read for 15 minutes a day and it can be to his sister, to me or just by himself. He also has to do some math flashcards and practice writing. All told it is about 30 minutes a day. My daughter has to practice her letter sounds (through computer, being read to or watching a leapfrog video), practice her writing and her numbers every day....around 20 minutes a day. I've even got my 3 year old practicing letters. It isn't regimented or anything and they have say so over what they are doing as long as they are doing it....and they have a progress chart that they will get rewarded for at the end of the summer as well. Being a teacher myself I can tell you kids fall behind in the summer and I think it is good for them to have a little practice throughout. Be flexible and let them have fun with it but still do it! Find a fun book series for him to get into....mine loves Magic Treehouse and he loves it when I read Harry Potter to him as a break.
D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on June 17, 2010
Ignore the snide comments. In the grand scheme of the summer, 30 mins per day is nothing. Go Mama!
p.s. My son asked for a 2nd grade math workbook for the summer and we read books all summer, so you're not alone!
B.H. answers from Detroit on June 17, 2010
Both my kids will be in summer programs this year. I like to keep the routine going and its easier for them to get back into the learning environment in the fall. They will have the month of august without summer classes.
Also, we take trips that I consider educational.
B.C. answers from Norfolk on June 17, 2010
We never bothered with actual school work during the summer per se. There are a few web sites with math games he likes, and he reads all the time anyway so I never have to force him to sit down with a book. His favorite treat for good behavior is a trip to the book store. He'll be starting 6th grade in the fall, he's got straight A's in every grade since kindergarten and according to the tests he's taken, he reads at a 12th grade level. The secret to keeping them learning is making it fun so they don't realize what they are doing is work.
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D.K. answers from Sioux City on June 17, 2010
We do school work all year round. I lighten their load some in the summer, but I don't want them to get out of the routine.
J.N. answers from Lubbock on June 18, 2010
I'm so sorry that people are interfering. As a teacher I know that when kids don't do anything over the summer, it's disastrous. I looked at the reading scores in 3rd grade and compared them to the ones in 4th grade. One boy went to summer school and his score improved. I could tell those who did not read. It took until February or March for them to regain everything that they had lost. After that, they could finally start making progress. If your ex and others realized how much students digress (it wouldn't be so bad if they just stayed in the same place), they would not give you a hard time.
C.T. answers from Dallas on June 17, 2010
My son just finished kindergarten and is a very good student, but I still read with him everyday. We, also, practice writing letters and numbers, do some simple science experiments we find in magazines, and practice addition and subtraction facts orally. We don't have a schedule. I just pick something for him when he seems to have nothing else to do. I don't think there is anything wrong with learning all the time and practicing what you've learned. I wouldn't call it school work. I would,also, make it child led in the summer months since during the school year it is all teacher led learning. My son loves dinosaurs, so those are the types of books we check out at the library.
K.S. answers from Minneapolis on June 17, 2010
We are huge readers and so we keep up with that. We are just starting Island of the Blue Dolphin and hope to work through a dozen books before Labor Day.
But the rest of the stuff we do is physical learning which I think engages my boys more than desk-bound learning. I have a slightly modified work schedule during the summer and so every week we plan and outing. As simple as going to a new park, swimming, museum, assembling a new toy/kit, whatever. We always come up with questions during our outings and invariably hit Google when we get home and find the answers.
L.N. answers from New York on June 17, 2010
my kids get plenty of homework for summer through their school, book reports, math problems, list of books to read etc.
on top of that i plan on going through the whole thing they learned in school this past year and up the amount of homework to get them ready for first grade.
S.B. answers from Redding on June 17, 2010
I either had my kids in summer school or had them do home projects at home. They didn't need summer school because of low grades, I just liked them being in the learning environment.
There is so much we can teach our kids without them even realizing it.
Reading a book and doing a report.
Finding bugs and looking up research on them.
I used to give my kids a list of words to look up in the dictionary and tell me what they mean. They have amazing vocabularies.
I was never a slave driver, but if they asked me what something meant, I told them to look it up. In a book...not on the computer.
If we needed to look up a phone number, I had them find it in the phone book. Little things like referencing in day to day life is learning!
You don't have to be so structured that your kid burns out...but if my kids asked why it was windy, I had them look up weather patterns and things like that.
I taught my kids that there is something to learn in every single thing that we do and they never thought of it as "tasks". My kids learned at home an awful lot and giving them things to keep them interested in learning is a wonderful thing. Summer is a time for fun, but it doesn't mean learning stops. I always gave my kids projects or book reports or we went to the library every week and they talked to me about the books they read so we worked on retention.
We made it fun so they never thought a thing of it as far as being a chore.
I think you're doing great!
Keep it up!
L.M. answers from New York on June 17, 2010
When my children were younger I would have them do some work over the summer. The teachers would often send home "required" summer work packet mostly math. It took my girls less tha 45 minutes to complete the entire packet.
Our school system as well as our state encourages kids to read over the summer. The state has a "Governor's Reading Challenge" with a list of 25 lines to record your books, and a page for a mini book report. If the kids complete it (reading 4 books) they get a prize when they return to school. I think it's a great program.
So my suggestion is read, read, read and visit the library regularly.