Do your kids do homework over summer break?

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
July 3, 2009 5:11pm CST
My daughter has workbooks that she does over the summer. I buy them at Walgreens or the local book store. I think it helps keep her skills current and she doesn't lose as much information when she isn't in school. Someone commented that my daughter should have a break. She only does one or 2 pages a day. And she thinks they are fun.. I've asked her. Would you do this?
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@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Yeah I had my kids doing stuff last summer, math problems mostly because that's their worst subject. I printed most of it off the computer. Mine think it's fun too. I should do that again, especially when the weather is yucky like this! It's a great way to keep them occupied and quiet!
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Your kids get quiet? lucky you. My daughter hums and sings while doing her work. She says it helps her focus.
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• United States
3 Jul 09
Humming and singing would be quiet in my house... After I responded to this I remembered I had a huge packet of work sheets in a drawer a friend sent me last summer. Sure some of it is Kindergarten type work, and my twins are entering 2nd grade, but I handed them a huge pile and a box of crayons and printed off a worksheet for my oldest, told them to go to town. Ever since, all I've heard is my 3 year old screaming at the top of his lungs because one of the twins is using the color crayon he wanted, my daughter has to think out loud, like she always does, my oldest is trying to be a show off and make his younger siblings feel inadequate just because they're younger and at a different skill level (yes he's jealous and extremely competitive!) and the youngest is feeling left out, but I won't give him a crayon cause he'd only eat it... I'd take singing and humming over this anyday!
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 09
I think as long as 1. it's fun for her and 2. it was HER choice to do it - that it's okay. I got a few of those for my daughter because she wanted them, and I let her do them if she wanted to, but I didn't ask or expect it. I think the problem with some parents is they make it almost like homework, and they have their kids do them even if they are not interested. I think THAT type of attitude is wrong. I think it's important to help foster learning and good skills but it has to be fun or people won't want to do it. I can certainly think of other ways to keep skills fresh and to learn new things without doing busywork. Concepts can be taught, cemented, and shared in many other ways. For instance, if you want to teach about patterns, look for patterns in real life, in words, signs, architecture, music. If you want to teach about counting, numbers, money, etc, give your child a certain amount of money and ask them to pick out some things to buy on a list but make sure they have enough money to buy them, or figure out how to problem solve by exchanging an item they can't afford with something they can. I think those are much better than putting things in order on a work sheet or adding numbers. It lends a real world aspect to the picture and helps show your child why we have to learn the things we do. There's a purpose that they can see. In the future, if my daughter is interested, I'll let her. I have sight word flash cards and we do things like that too... online, but only based on her patience. When she's done, she's done.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 09
That is why I do not like the concept of 'homework', which dictates it must be completed and turned in by a deadline. I think if it is just given and maybe at least attempted, that should count. Or maybe just whatever a kid has patience for...
• United States
3 Jul 09
Don't worry about what this person says, you are doing the right thing. The Sylvan Learning Center says that students lose about 3 months of what they have learned during the school year during summer vacation. That is due to not practicing what is learned every day. You having your daughter do those two pages a day is keeping her in practice of what she's learned during the school year, and you want to get as much learning in as possible while she still thinks its fun. I would even go as far as to suggest you getting a book or two that is one above her current learning level, that way she is getting a head start on next year's curriculum.
• United States
10 Jul 09
That's a really smart idea. I'm going to give the advanced books idea a try.
• United States
15 Oct 09
I do the same type thing with my kids during the summer. I have been told by kids teachers that during school work in the summer keeps them fresh. It doesn't mean we get up and play school from 8 to 3 like real school but we will do little things like quizzes as we talk an evening walk or having dinner. My daughter brings home her used work books or old papers and we used them to play school and she really enjoys that, it teaches her while she is also having fun doing it. We have flash cards that I made up just with a marker and some construction paper. She really enjoys using them. I usually end up being the student along with our dog but she still learns by being the teacher.
• United States
10 Jul 09
From what I hear, it is a wise move to do some workbooks over the summer. Keeps the kids' skills up. I'm glad she thinks they are fun.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Not homework homework, but my son is still learning this summer. He brought the remainder of his Math workbook with him on vacation, but he admitted that he has not been working on it like he is supposed to be. He has been reading a lot and he is doing math without realizing he is doing it. He has been helping his aunt cook a lot this summer, so he is learning measurements and fractions.
• United States
4 Jul 09
Most definitely a good idea! IT helps her keep all her skills fresh. I used to do the same thing with my kids. We also hit all the museums and zoos we could. I also did my own "summer reading program" I set up my own reward system for reading books. It wasn't unusual for them to be sitting out reading a book in the hammack in the afternoons -- of course that was after they had completed their chores!
• United States
4 Jul 09
I do this as well. It's of course easier to do when the siblings are napping & hubby is at work but we work in workbooks & read stories thru the library summer reading program.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
4 Jul 09
My son went to the tutor all summer long...twice a week. He had learning disabilities.
@caver1 (1765)
• United States
4 Jul 09
My kids, both in high school, have summer reading lists. So they do have homework from school to do. They would read anyway just because they enjoy it. I did used to get workbooks for my kids when they were young. They enjoyed working in them when they couldn't be outside.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
4 Jul 09
My daughter home schools her children, she lives 2 miles from me and I help her all year with home schooling. They do lessons all year long. She does let them have breaks during holidays and even in summer they go on trips but being home schooled they are always learning. For instance today is Independence Day July 4th and we are all going this morning to an Independence Day Exhibit that honor's women Patriots of the American Revolution. Many were spies and others dressed as men, cut their hair and joined the army, some nursed wounded soldiers and others cooked and brought them food, others rode through the night with messages for troops and their leaders. The children will learn something and there is going to be food and drinks and rides for the children so they get to learn while celebrating our nations independence and having fun.
@busky5 (3166)
• Thailand
4 Jul 09
I got my kid do everyday in summer,about 2 hours, but share 2 times.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
4 Jul 09
we work on the issues he is having difficulty with. we do 15 minutes a day and he gets the first whole week right after school ends to do none of it. this summer we are working on telling time and some basic math facts he needs to commit to memory and tying shoes. that is enough. he needs to have fun too so we do that as well on my days off from babysitting.
@geniustiger (1698)
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
kids, time to play  - kids, time to play
Hi there! I did not give her homework during summer break. I just give her an acitivity for her to refresh her mind in whatever subjects not all day. I let her enjoy the summer vacation as a young kids. Because I have a friend who was a professional saying that when she was a child she did not experienced the happiness in group or peers to her friends. Her parents is so strict in terms of association with friends in their community. She is a loner one.
@Archie0 (4669)
4 Jul 09
I dont have any kids yet, nor am married but i remember that at my times back then.I never ever did my homework during summer breaks infact i never did it, i just hate doing homework.I use to get wackings and scoldings but yet my decision would never change and i was always playing with my dog, sitting in his shade playing with mud and etc.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I think that is a great idea. My daughter does not do her homework when school is in, let alone when it is out for the summer. This is her last year of school, coming up though and she better have her nose to the grindstone to graduate.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
4 Jul 09
We do this for my little sister and we also print off worksheet pages online. I did that for her to work over the summer she has a few workbooks as well. She does more then 2 pages though at a time we usually let her do them till she doesn't want to anymore. figuring the more she does the more she will remember. My little sister loves playing school and we try to make it fun for her. to help with her money learning we set up a small store like of all her toys and books and she had to buy them back with money each item was priced.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I think it is good to do this. My grand daughter is.. her mom has a work book and she has to do 2 pages, front and back every day - granted not "get in trouble if you don't do it" but we do. I got her started few years ago liking to "play" school and we'd do math and spelling and writing etc. She loved it! Then she got to where she liked to be teacher and she'd create home work projects and all. She has always had a blast at it! Now my 3 yearold GD - last summer i started her with "homework" and she loves it and asks to do it and take the paged home to mom or dad. I think keeping it all in their minds during summer break is good - we all don't get a "summer break" from using what we learned! I was buying work books at Dollar Store but they have not had them reently so I surf the internet for pages to print out