Every year, my children’s school sends my kids home with a large summer packet filled with math, reading and writing homework to work on at a leisurely pace throughout July and August.
This year my older daughter signed up for the Brooklyn Public Library’s summer reading program and is going to take part in Joan Millman’s summer reading challenge. I will admit that when I was a kid, I never did any homework in the summer. Luckily I was an avid reader, so I didn’t fall too behind, but I never received a summer packet from school or had any other educational obligations.
During the summer, I went to camp, rode my bike and played with friends. I sometimes feel guilty that my kids have to think about schoolwork in the summer, when I had the freedom to simply play all summer.
Does your school hand out summer packets? Do you make your kids do homework in the summer? How do you ensure that your kids keep their brains active during the summer? I’d love to hear your thoughts!