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July 12, 2006

Summer Time of Old

Toddi Gutner

Ah, summer. That means sipping wine on the flagstone patio, bike riding with my kids after work, and enjoying a slightly slower pace at work.

But my sons haven’t always had the opportunity to relax as I have. Sure, they’re out of school and they attend a wonderful day camp. But in past summers, they still had to visit their tutors, go to their speech therapist, occupational therapist and do their daily reading, writing and math practice.

Not this summer. I’ve suspended all activities outside of having fun. Sure, I cajole them into reading every once in a while, but not nearly in the task master way I’ve done in the past.

I know I’m not following the recommendations of my sons’ teachers, who at the end of the school year suggested daily practice of academic work. I am beginning to think I may “pay for it” in the fall. The first few weeks of school might highlight their rusty skills. But then I snap back and remind myself what summer is all about: An opportunity to relax and recharge. And that means for everyone, including my kids. After all, isn't that the way it used to be?

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Boy have I been agonizing about the same thing. Middle school has lots of homework and is pretty challenging in our school district. For various reasons, this summer has had fewer "academic" type camps (reading/writing) than last and more unstructured time. Which has me feeling guilty and also wondering if the new school term is going to be a tougher adjustment than last year. Just getting my 11 year old to read 30 minutes a day this summer has really been a challenge. His teary eyed lament to me was "I worked really hard all year long and I really just want to have fun". So although I'm insisting everyone still log in some reading time, I'm backing off and voting for fun. Afterall, what I see is coming down the road are extensive summer reading lists in high school, so maybe these are the last true gasps of summer freedom.

Posted by: stacy at July 21, 2006 12:07 PM

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