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"Summer School"

July 2, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
Like every summer since Julie turned 2, I have vowed to devote at least a half hour to learning each day. Has this ever come to fruition? Heck no! With vacations, swimming pools and play dates, our "school work" usually gets put on the backburner. But, I will not give up. I am determined for Julie to not forget what she learned last year in kindergarten, and hopefully brush up a little on those math skills. Johnny of course has his own little summer "curriculum," which I'm noticing will probably take the form of scribbling over the preschool readiness book I bought with the best intentions. Back when I was a determined, motivated first-time mom (those six very long years ago), I called our learning time "Mommy School." Yes. I know. So creative. But, Julie went for it and loved it. Now that she has a taste of real school, she's not too psyched for this summer's sessions. We started out slow today: reading a few books, doing a couple crafts and finishing some workbook pages (where I noticed math will be our focus this summer). I can happily say we probably worked together for 30 minutes before Johnny was running circles in the basement and Julie was begging to swim in our neighbor's pool. That was a fine start, and I have to admit the iPad and iPhone apps the kids tried before dinner tonight were probably just as effective, if not more, than "Mommy School." Oh well. Can't say I didn't try. So, do you have high hopes of "teaching" your kids this summer while school is out? Any advice for boosting learning in the summer?


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