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Old 06-16-2010, 09:03 PM   #46
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No, they do not. They continue to read and do the library's summer reading program. Other than that, they do a lot of playing outside, and we take a lot of day trips. I believe summer is meant to be a break from school work, and a time when kids can engage in other fun AND educational activities.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:10 AM   #47
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No workbooks. I do require them to read. DD13 can read a novel in a couple of days. DS15 may finish 2 this summer. DS8 is going to a 5 week reading enrichment program. He is below grade level in reading due to dyslexia. Hopefully, by the end of the summer he will be on grade level.

All 3 of my children want me to work with them on their cursive handwriting.

I'm also going to work with DS15 on counting out change. He just never "got it" in school so we are going to practice. I noticed that he was always apprehensive about having enough money to pay for something. We talked about it and he admitted that he wasn't comfortable with counting $.

So, in a nutshell, we will be working of Life Skills this summer!
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:22 AM   #48
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We have never done workbooks over the summer months. Our schools use to offer fun summer school classes that the kids would always take. Things like camping and French, but those went the way of budget cuts. My DD is doing summer reading at the library, but its for fun.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:29 AM   #49
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When the kids were in early elementary years we had them do a page or two out of a workbook each day, usually when they were eating breakfast or lunch. It didn't cut into any play time and it helps retain what they learned in school that year. They always have read before bed so that isn't an issue. Now that they are in high school they do have some summer reading they have to complete for classes in the fall but again, they read before bed anyway.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:52 AM   #50
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There is also ample research to support that kids can lose up to 25% of what they have learned the previous year during the months away from school. My child is an A/B student and for her the worksheets aren't idiotic. Consider yourself lucky that your kids don't slide. I consider myself lucky that DD can do some schoolwork during the summer and still have a great time.
You are correct that they can lose that much and more and a bit of review of things learned certainly doesn't hurt and I wouldn't call it idiotic.

But, I hope that everyone does realize that there are a million and one ways to review skills without workbooks. And some kids just don't learn or retain knowledge by using worksheets.

My kids have been A/B students (well, one wasn't always and had the ability but that is another whole subject and has nothing to do with summer worksheets) and the oldest two obtained scholarships without doing one summer worksheet.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:06 AM   #51
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You are correct that they can lose that much and more and a bit of review of things learned certainly doesn't hurt and I wouldn't call it idiotic.

But, I hope that everyone does realize that there are a million and one ways to review skills without workbooks. And some kids just don't learn or retain knowledge by using worksheets.

My kids have been A/B students (well, one wasn't always and had the ability but that is another whole subject and has nothing to do with summer worksheets) and the oldest two obtained scholarships without doing one summer worksheet.


We don't do workbooks, but that doesn't mean my kids aren't learning anything new or using what they have learned. My whole garage looks like a mad science lab, its filled with things for my kids to do that gives them hands-on learning (math and science). I think this summer's project is to build a robot. They will get so much more from doing that than sitting at the table doing worksheets for an hour. My dd has expressed an interest in cooking so I plan on letting her go wild in the kitchen this summer. There are so many ways to keep kids sharp over the summer.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:15 AM   #52
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You are correct that they can lose that much and more and a bit of review of things learned certainly doesn't hurt and I wouldn't call it idiotic.

But, I hope that everyone does realize that there are a million and one ways to review skills without workbooks. And some kids just don't learn or retain knowledge by using worksheets.

My kids have been A/B students (well, one wasn't always and had the ability but that is another whole subject and has nothing to do with summer worksheets) and the oldest two obtained scholarships without doing one summer worksheet.
I agree, there are lots of ways to retain what you've learned. It doesn't have to be with a worksheet. DD does some worksheets and she also uses a computer program provided by the school. Really I wish she was a straight A gifted wonder child, but instead she is just a really smart, regular kid that needs to keep her skills sharp or she loses them. She'll have to settle for a few hours less fun every week.....oh the horrors.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:42 AM   #53
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My kids did summer workbooks while in elementary school. It really helped them, especially my DD. In fact she would ask for workbooks.

Now that they are in middle school and high school we do not do workbooks but we do continue our summer reading. Now they both have summer reading lists.

DS did work on ACT workbooks this summer. Does that count?
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:17 AM   #54
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No, I don't make them do anything. They both love to read though and read a lot during summer break.
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