In our house summer homework is found in four distinct categories...
#1 ~ Skills Practice
Each summer, since Connar was in kindergarten, I have purchased Summer Bridge Workbooks for the kids.
This summer, Aiden is completing a Summer Bridge book but Connar is doing something different. He's working out of a daily math skills workbook and then working through a Web Quest that he chose. Web Quests are inquiry-based lessons that utilize web resources. Connar chose one on rockets...he's doing research now and will soon be prompted to design an investigation around thrust and Newton's 3rd Law!
#2 ~ Reading
Reading is the single most important thing kids can do in the summer to maintain current skills. Aiden is participating in the summer reading program at the library and Connar is working his way through "a really long book!"
#3 ~ Fitness
My kids are typically very active in the summer and I often use movies and video games to slow them down and take time to rehydrate. This summer Aiden was invited to participate in soccer conditioning with Connar's team. One aspect is daily conditioning homework. The coach created a calendar with jogging, sprints, crunches, pushups and footwork skills. Awesome!
#4 ~ Teachable Moments & Field Trips
This is my favorite! I'm a nerdy mom and I like to take advantage of cool opportunities to explore our world. Whether we're visiting a local museum or investigating life in a pond, I try to find a Teachable Moment every day. The boys also love helping create posts for my Science blog, The Science Mommy. Yesterday, they spent the whole morning working on a bottle rocket that launches off a tire pump. Their teamwork and persistence was fun to watch. Connar even documented their project with my little camera, so their rocket experiment will show up on The Science Mommy next week.
How do you keep your kids thinking and wondering during the summer?