Monday, August 23, 2010

School Summer Homework

School starts on Thursday.  The girls have to hand in Summer Reading and Summer Math packets.  Each year, the packets get thicker and more difficult, at least for math.  Princess #3 is entering kindergarten, so all we've had to do is read and list her books but the older girls have to read and write activities with the books they've read.  The more books they read, they can earn gold, silver, and bronze medals.  To earn gold they have to read at least 15 books.  To earn silver they have to read at least 10 books.  To earn bronze they have to read at least 4 books. 

Usually, Princess #1 (who is in 5th grade this year) finishes her Summer Reading within the couple of weeks and she reads 15 books to get the gold.  This year she decided to go for silver and with less than a week left, she still hasn't finished the writing portion of her project.  She always finishes the Math packet within the first couple of days of vacation and she's still not done.  I'm not complaining, I'm just surprised.  Frankly, I think that while it's good to want to keep the kids' brains fresh during the Summer months, it's a bit ridiculous to give them actual required assignments that will be graded. 

It's especially difficult for Princess #2, who is my soon-to-be 2nd grader and special needs child.  For her, school is school and vacation is vacation.  She had 5 or 6 weeks of summer school and that was that.  She worked hard on it, and did some packet work then, but still has to do it at home.  It's been like pulling teeth that are healthy.  It's not happening, hasn't happened except for pleasure reading, and I have no clue how to get her to do the math and writing prompts.  She flat refuses.  I can't blame her to be honest.  I have less than 4 days to get them to do all of this written work and I'm barely motivated myself. 

What would you do?

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