Parent Dilemma: Summer Off or Summer School for Kids?


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I love the summer. It’s sunny. The ocean heats up. And we spend most of our days at the beach. I have the tans lines to prove it. My kids just love swimming and boogie boarding in the ocean.

In the mornings, my older kids go to summer camp at their school for a few hours so I can work and spend a little one-on-one time with the baby. Their camps are fun-filled activities like water play, painting rocks, making Dr. Seuess-inspired art, engineering their own creations made out of toothpicks and marshmallows, and so on. I do a little reading practice with both of them at the end of the day to keep up our skills.

And here’s what my kids would rather do – build marble runs or Bionicle Lego sets.

But lately I’m wondering if that’s enough. The Asian Tiger mom in me wants to do Kumon books to bridge them through the summer so they ease into kindergarten and 2nd grade without any problems. And I have a few neighbors who are doing homework with their kids over the summer, and know someone who’s sending her kid to full-time summer school.

My head hurts just thinking about it. I want to give my kids an opportunity to keep up their skills and transition easier into their new grades. But on the other hand, I want my kids to enjoy being kids. I never took summer classes as a kid (nor did I crack open a workbook) and spent most of my time climbing trees and running around the neighborhood with my friends.

So while I’m tempted to add workbooks and homework for my kids this summer, I think I’m going to stick to reading, journaling, and maybe Ninja Math (an app that combines math addition and a video game with killer tomatoes – weird, I know but my son loves it).

What are you doing with your kids this summer?

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