The one thing I used to fret over, was the deterioration of my kids’ brains over the summer. I worried that all the academic information that infiltrated their little minds would be long gone by the time school started up again. I would prepare for the summer by going to the store to buy the review workbooks for their grade levels, and then incorporate a rigid schedule of ‘school time’ during our busy fun filled days…
It was exhausting.
Somewhere along the way, this momentum lost it’s power and will to survive.
I recently found my daughter’s fourth grade review book under her bed, while sorting through the wreckage of the mysterious treasures hidden there. The book had five pages completed. Five.
She is now in 7th grade.
I’ve learned a few things about letting go of the stress and worry in allowing my kids to simply have fun over the summer. I’ve discovered that their brains don’t turn into mush after all, rather- a few months free of spelling and math and vocabulary may actually nourish those intricate cell systems and prepare them for the school year ahead.
Come read more about my take on summer workbooks and perhaps you might feel encouraged to not sweat over them after all.
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