Summer break for kids – is it too long?
Well, that time has just arrived. The kids have been out of school since the first week of June. I have loved every minute of having them home. I really do treasure these summer weeks because I love having all of the kids under one roof at the same time! With that being said… I hate to complain, but I think that they are ready to be back in school.
I would rather they had a few longer breaks during the year (maybe 2 weeks here & there), instead of this very long summer break.
1- Back when everyone worked on their family farm, this was perfect. Your family could work well into the evenings and get a lot done! I don’t know about you, but my kids do not work on a farm, so that theory no longer holds true for us.
2- Did you know that kids lose an average of 2-3 months of what they learned over the summer? I was a teacher and I definitely saw this each year. I really try to beat the odds with our own kids by continuing to work with them over the summer.
3- I think that the kids miss being with their school friends, away from home (being ‘independent’). When I was younger, I LOVED school! I really enjoyed the social part of it and I looked forward to going back each fall. I know, when I taught, I was itching to go back to school by the end of July. I was ready to meet my new students. I was ready to re-decorate my room. I was ready to make my lesson plans. I was ready to “change lives… one child at a time…”
4). BONUS: I want my kids to be home more during the school year (I miss them when they are gone until 3:00 every day). I hate to wait until Summer to get a big break with them, so I would rather a few longer breaks during the year.
I wish that instead of a really long summer break, they would do several 2 week vacations throughout the year. I think that kids need a few breaks during the year and this would be a great compromise! Maybe one day…
What do you think? (If you home-school, do you take summers off?) Do you feel like summer break is just a few weeks too long?