When I was a kid, summers were... well... SIMPLE.

No application-only summer programs.

No travel team practices.

No academics to speak of.

I mean... I'm pretty sure our schedule was only constrained by sunrise, sunset, and whichever time the ice cream truck decided to roll around that day...

But as we all know, times have changed.

And a lot of those changes are great! Summer camps, trips, and local events are now full of opportunities to learn and experience new things kids wouldn't otherwise take on during the school year.

But some are a little trickier to navigate.


Summer Homework

Yes, it's officially a "thing" now. And like clockwork, every June the same questions start to crop up:
"Should my kids really be getting summer homework?"

"And if they do have it assigned, what's the best way to tackle it so that they can actually learn something over the summer (rather than just being stuck with busywork)?"
Here's the thing:

At some schools, kids are routinely overloaded with multiple books to read, and big math packets to complete.

At other schools? Nothing is assigned.

My personal opinion is that the right balance lies somewhere in the middle... 

Yes, we want kids to keep their minds sharp, but not at the expense of having fun over the summer.

So to help find that balance, we decided to put together a "how-to" guide for you that covers everything you need to know about summer homework.

In today's post (and video) I cover:
  • What the research says about the now age old summer homework debate (and my specific recommendations for you as a parent)
  • How to handle the different types of work assigned to students over the summer, so that you can avoid the late-August scramble
  • Some specific recommendations for what you can do as a parent to keep your kids engaged in the process, including a recent interview I did with WTOP's Every Day is Kid's Day podcast on how to bring a fresh perspective to summer learning, and make things more fun and interesting for your son or daughter this year
And you'll walk away with a better understanding of how to make the most out of homework (or lack thereof) this summer.

    (Or watch my video summary above)
And once you're done reading, we'd love to hear from you!

Leave a comment below the post on your take on summer homework and any recommendations that have worked especially well for your family.
Happy summer,
- Ann