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May 27
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by Dennise Goldberg

I can’t tell you how many times people ask me what my son is going to do this summer.  My answer is always the same…as little as possible.  I know for some kids, they must always have a daily structured schedule, so this blog does not apply to them.  For those that need structure please see Summer Shock.  For others who have children like my son who have 2-3 hours of homework a day and may be in middle or high school; I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  This was my son’s first year of middle school and what a difference it was from elementary school.  He worked so hard all year long; he’s told me several times “I can’t wait until school ends so I can do nothing and relax.” 

I’m sure many of you have children who are burnt out from school, after school sports or other various activities.  Many of our children have been on schedules since their toddler years with therapies and baby gyms…let’s not forget all those years of summer camp as well.  Now as the kids become older, the demands from school become greater; especially for those who struggle with academic challenges.  As a result, it is natural for us as parents to try to implement additional homework for the summer so that our child does not regress during the break.  I agree, but my goal is to do it in moderation and not go overboard. Also, this does not apply for those children that need Extended School Year to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Each child is different so parents need to base their decisions on what they feel their child needs or what they do not need.  I know for my son, he needs to chill out before returning to a rigorous school curriculum.  He’ll be spending most of his time watching TV, playing video games, swimming…basically, just being a kid.

Personally, I can’t wait until the end of the school year either, so that I can chill out from homework myself!  Let’s face it; homework falls on the parents which causes great strife in the household.  I’m sure you as parents are looking forward to the break as much as your child is.  So make the most of your summer break and enjoy whatever free time you and children are able to have…because before you know it, the 2013-2014 school year is just around the corner!!

Other Special Education Articles about Summer

Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Summer with your Special Needs Child

Overnight camp for my kid with special needs?

Summer is a good time to familiarize yourself with your child’s IEP

OSEP has Spoken Again: No More Summertime Blues

Summer Shock

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