Last week I published a post about homework and how I was a little concerned about the amount my reception aged daughter, Helen, had been expected to do over the last academic year. As we’re now in the midst of the school holidays, I’m curious to know what other parents think about kids doing some work over the summer break?
Do you think the summer break should be an education free zone? Maybe you swing the other way and have booked a tutor to keep your children busy between now and September?
I sit in the middle on this one. I have bought a few Biff, Kipper and Chip books to read and I’m encouraging her to do a little writing practice. We’re not going overboard, just 10 minutes a day to retain the skills she learned over the last year (needless to say, it isn’t happening every single day).
I’ve also bought an analogue clock because Helen’s expressed an interest in learning how to tell the time. I think it’s quite a telling sign of the age we live in that we didn’t have an analogue clock in the house! It says a lot that she’s already learned the basics and we’re only two weeks into the holidays.
I’m relaxed about it, if she doesn’t want to do any work then I don’t push it. I know the summer break is a special time for kids and I don’t want ruin that. The thing is she is very curious to learn and so I don’t feel too bad facilitating this if it’s what she wants to do.
Where do you stand on this? Are you an Eagle Dad or Tiger Mother with a work schedule planned out or have you locked all pens, pencils and books away until September?
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