I’d heard about the benefits of learning during summer break to ensure kids start off the new school year in a strong way and without much loss of the previous school year’s knowledge. So, these past couple years, we’d buy workbooks with appropriate grade-level worksheets. At first, I just went to the book store and picked out some fun colorful books. Last year, I decided to make the trip with the kids in tow so they could pick out the workbooks that most appealed to them. I figured if they pick out the workbooks, they will be more involved in the process and more likely to actually work in them. I really liked workbooks when I was little but then again, I loved playing school! Our daughter seems to be more interested than our son in these summer workbooks but even she loses motivation after doing a number of worksheets.
So this year, I decided to come up with a new approach. I still want our kids to continue learning as summer break in the United States is long - about 11 weeks! In comparison, I only had 6 weeks of summer break, growing up in the Netherlands! While most likely this new approach means more work for me, hopefully it will also mean a whole lot more fun for the kids and more learning taking place because they're actually enjoying it!
This is my plan:
What are your plans for your kids’ summer learning? Do you feel kids need to work on school related activities during summer break?