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I am curious if you all have your kiddos do any kind of school work over the summer to keeps their brains working? I think summer is a great time for kids to relax and get a break from their routine. But I also think kiddos forget a good amount of what they've learned during the year over the three months of summer. I'd like to have my 7-year-old do some kind of work at home to keep all the things she has learned fresh in her mind. Anyone have any suggestions? Do you do anything with your kids, or do you keep summer for fun only?
I have my kids continue their online schools sites like Brain Pop, iXL, and SumDog. We also participate in the Barnes and Noble summer reading program(read 8 books, get a free one). But then the rest of the summer is fun only. They are going to a Science camp this year that we are excited about.
Mine both have books and projects to do for next year that are due the first day of school. The projects will take a day to complete but since we leave most of the summer open for science fair projects, reading and then just fun it is fine. We read a lot--so the down time to read is welcomed. Both are working on science fair for next year already. When they were in elementary I'd take them to the Learning Path and let them each pick out two books on any subject in their next grade level to complete--the Egyptian one was most popular as they got very little of other cultures in school. Each day they'd do maybe 4 pages--except for the Egyptian one--I had to photocopy out of it and they'd create the lapbooks (very creative one which is why they loved it) which sometimes they'd spend an entire day on it just creating. Plus we did the library and B &N reading programs too.