June 05, 2012

Summer Homework

I've become "that" mom... you know, the one who makes her children continue learning during the summer. In the spring, our school sold summer homework packets. I ended up buying the math and language arts package to work on with my girls. The packets are designed to be worked on three days a week. They actually don't take that long (about 15 minutes), but when you multiply that time by four... it takes a little longer than I wanted. 
Still, I want to make sure my daughters keep up with all the progress they made during the school year. They had a great year, but not without some struggles here and there. It's my hope that by reinforcing what they already know, they'll be ready to go full steam ahead when first grade starts. Plus, they'll learn a few new skills along the way.
Lest you think I'm one of those moms who takes all the fun out of summer, keep in mind that even though we're doing summer homework, our neighborhood pool has been open 11 days and we've been to it 9 of those days (sometimes twice a day). Do I want my daughters to keep learning this summer? Heck yes. Do I want them to have fun, as well? Absolutely!


MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

My hubby and I were just talking about this a few days ago. As a teacher (high school ESL) he often sees a huge gap with where his students ended the school year versus where they are in the fall. I think it's so smart to reinforce some areas of study over the summer, as long as you do it with a great balance of fun, as kids still need that break, of course. Sounds like 9 of 11 days of pool time is a fantastic balance! ;)

MaryAnne K said...

Sounds like you've got a good balance of fun and learning going!

We're still in school - plus, my kids are naturally nerdy (hey can definitely blame their parents for that), so we're focusing more on social skills.

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