The summer slide — it sounds way more fun than it is. That’s just because the first thing I think of is a Slip ‘N Slide. Of course, I don’t really have any childhood memories of an actual Slip ‘N Slide. What I do remember is a birthday party with some garbage bags taped together under a sprinkler for the kids while the adults sat around in the backyard drinking and chain smoking. Ah, nostalgia.
But I digress. The summer slide is actually what it’s called when kids forget some of what they’ve learned or otherwise regress over summer break. My oldest kid is just finishing his first year of French Immersion and will be going into Grade One in the fall. Should I be worried about this?
From what I can tell, reading to your kids and getting them to read on their own is the number one best thing they can do to keep from sliding over the summer. I assume some amount of reading in French would also be good for us. (Although, there’s only so much abuse I can take from my six year old over my horrible French accent.) And while we do read to the kids everyday, I have to admit that the supplementary French reading hasn’t really been happening over the school year.
We’re also up against deadlines for registering for summer swimming lessons and day camps and I’m not sure what to do. On the one hand, it could feel like a very long summer if we have NOTHING to do. On the other, oh my god does nothing ever sound good. *cough* I mean, won’t the daily scramble of getting three kids out the door and off to various activities make it even more difficult to find the time for extra reading?
Is it possible that doing less might actually be better for the kids? Better for the kids and easier and cheaper for me? We already have a t-ball practice and game every week and Irene’s doing a two-week long kindergarten readiness program. Maybe that’s more than enough.
Do you believe in lazy summers? Or do you like to use the time to engage in lots of different activities? Do you worry about the summer slide?