So last week I wrote a post where I shared my NO SCREENTIME UNTIL printable. It had rules about what the kids need to do BEFORE they are allowed to use electronics. Well- when it went live on Facebook, it had such a mix of comments. Some were awesome and encouraging, while others were just downright mean. They couldn’t believe that I would “make” our kids “do schoolwork” in the summer. Yes, we do.
You can read the printable here and then come back & read this post.The main idea behind that printable was to give our kids something “else” to get “lost in”… Sometimes kids just need a little motivation to get started (once our kids head outside to play, they forget about watching a movie or playing on the tablet).
If I let them just sit & default to screen-time, it will consume as much time as I allow then to consume on it. So, why not just encourage them to get out a book or head outside or make a creation… or do something ELSE first and see where THAT takes them?
You would not BELIEVE the negative comments that I received on Facebook about this – about how it is so “lame” that I would make our kids read in the summer. That I was “such a terrible mother” for asking our kids to write in the summer.
I think that engaging our children’s minds is what we need to do to help our children and show them that we care enough to put the effort into them (trust me, I know that turning on a show is so much easier than planning a lesson, but it isn’t what is best for our family). Watching a bottle of soda explode because of a chemical reaction or examining what happens as a caterpillar turns into a butterfly is a much better use of our summer vacation.
ps- I was a teacher and learned many of these in college, but have backed them up with recent studies.
YES- I want our kids to write in the summer. They enjoy it. They write WHATEVER THEY WANT. Pirates? Yep. Sharks? Yep. Their plans for Disney? Yep. Their directions to the treasure box that they buried in the back yard? Yep. I even like them to create, craft… and they can write a story to go with it! (we can do this together, too)
YES- I want our kids to do math over the summer. I give them one problem each morning. It is on the table when they come downstairs and it is appropriate to their age. It takes them a few minutes. We continue to do math all summer long (even though they don’t even realize it!) when we measure, guess, add, subtract, cook and bake…