At the end of every school year, the teacher sends home a few summer learning packets. There is normally a packet for math and one for reading/language skills.
You’ve probably heard the statistics on summer learning loss — that kids lose at least one month of learning over the summer. I’m in favor of the idea of these packets, but in practice they’ve never worked for us.
We just don’t get around to it. Summer is busy and fun, we’re outdoors trying to soak up every last bit of warm weather and daylight that we can. We’re doing all of the things that we don’t get to do the rest of the year — swim, camp, picnic and hit the local amusement parks.
So this summer, I had a brilliant idea (or so I thought). I had the solution that would motivate J to want to do those worksheets.