School Homework For Summer Vacation

  • Kids should have summer homework!

    Kids should have summer homework because they will probably forget a lot of what they've been taught and have to have review for a quarter of the year! Some people may think that you will be stuck inside the house for hours, but you could just do it in about five minutes no problem!

  • It's pretty essential

    How are children supposed to remember everything that has been taught without regular refreshers throughout the holidays? Most notably in the younger years, skills which have been labouriously learned can be lost and the beginning month of the new year must then be spent re-teaching these basic abilities. Time wasted where new things could be learnt.

  • Students Should Have Summer Homework

    Yes, students should be given summer homework. Too often, students forget much of the material that was taught during the school year over the long summer break. This is a disservice to the students. Summer homework can help alleviate this problem. Thus, students should be given summer homework for their benefit.

  • Summer Work is important

    Without summer homework, students will not retain what they learn during the school year. I am in high school and I have a lot of summer homework, but I still find time to relax, I am taking all honors courses and one AP course, but I do not complain. Do not be lazy!

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    Students Forget Valuable Information Over the Summer.When students are no longer in school for two months or so, they are no longer learning new information or being challenged to discover new things and learn what they ought to learn to maintain a healthy skillset and a well working intelligence. Summer homework helps students work on their own terms and pushes them to get things done with an approaching deadline, and helps them retain the important information they may otherwise forget a few short weeks after they have been released from school. I, for example, am going to be enrolling in an Advanced Literature course next year and have been assigned two books to read this summer, an essay to write, and several passes from the Bible to cover. This pushes me to find out more information about the subject matter that will be in the course, and also helps me remember some of what I learned in my last classes to make sure I don't forget what is very vital.

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  • Homework makes sure the material they learn is reinforced

    Over the summer, many students tend to forget what they have learned the previous year. They spend their summers on the computer doing useless things or wasting their time away. Not many students spend their summer studying or learning new things. A bit of homework (but not a crazy amount) would be good for students to reinforce everything they have learned, prepare them for the year ahead, and make sure their brains don't turn to mush.

  • Homework prepares them for next year at school.

    Children should not do to much work, but after missing so much work you would forget your skills, and what you learnt. It makes children lazier when they return to school. Doing a certain amount of work every few days would work very well. Children are reluctant when they return to school.

  • Most Necessary Thing in Summer

    Summer holiday homework provide a way to be connected to studies during the long time period. Students generally don't like to study during the holidays, and don't even sit to study. If this continues to happen, then the student will forget his past studies. And this should not happen. So the homework helps the students to be connected to his studies, beside enjoying his holidays.

  • It limits loss of intelligence.

    The question is worthy of a debate due to the current thoughts on this subject in academia. At present it is thought that any period of time, no matter the age, produces an incremental decrease over the time not spent being educated. The significance of this can be seen in the senior citizen homes. The workshops and writing shops are put into to place to dissuade cognitive atrophy, the same program can be applied at a younger age. Hence, the summer reading and essays.

  • Students Forget Valuable Information Over the Summer.

    When students are no longer in school for two months or so, they are no longer learning new information or being challenged to discover new things and learn what they ought to learn to maintain a healthy skillset and a well working intelligence. Summer homework helps students work on their own terms and pushes them to get things done with an approaching deadline, and helps them retain the important information they may otherwise forget a few short weeks after they have been released from school. I, for example, am going to be enrolling in an Advanced Literature course next year and have been assigned two books to read this summer, an essay to write, and several passes from the Bible to cover. This pushes me to find out more information about the subject matter that will be in the course, and also helps me remember some of what I learned in my last classes to make sure I don't forget what is very vital.

  • No more pencils, no more books? Think again! At my school, teachers are expected to assign summer homework beginning in second grade, and we’re not alone. In discussions with teacher-friends around the country, summer homework for elementary students seems to be pretty common.

    There’s a lot of debate among researchers about whether summer homework is effective at preventing summer learning loss, and there doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer. I’m pretty ambivalent about homework in general, as I wrote about in my blog post "Why I Don’t Hate Homework Anymore," and I’m even less sold on summer homework.

    Over the past few years my teaching partners and I have been thinking about how to make summer homework meaningful and interesting enough that our students buy in and possibly even want to do it.  Read on for our summer homework game plan. And please share your solutions for summer homework! Do you assign summer homework in your school? What type and how much?

     

    New Student Meet and Greet

    In my opinion, the crux of making summer homework successful is the delivery. We coordinate with the second grade teachers to swap classes for a period so we can meet with our incoming students. We teachers introduce ourselves, build some excitement about all the fun and challenging learning ahead during third grade, and explain the very “grown-up” summer homework.

    We’ve been far more successful in instilling the importance of our summer assignments when presenting about it face-to-face rather than just sending a packet of directions home cold. The second graders sit on the edges of their seats as we expound on the importance of summer reading and our surety that our incoming students will do everything they possibly can “to keep their brains healthy, pink, and strong” over the summer.

     

    What Matters Most? Summer Reading!

    We decided to really emphasize one summer assignment in the hopes that keeping our efforts focused will mean that the students actually follow through. Over one hundred years of research clearly shows that children who do not read plentifully during the summer lose a lot of ground in their reading development. Reading is a treat, not a menial assignment, so I don’t feel a whit of guilt about making reading the bulk of the summer homework.

    Students fill out a log to keep track of the books and other texts they read over the summer. We don’t require a certain number of books or that kids read specific books, simply that they find books they love and spend lots of time reading them.

    To encourage summer reading, my current students write book reviews of their favorite books that we copy and send home with the rising second graders, and reading ambassadors from my class speak to the second graders about the importance and joys of reading. When coming from slightly older peers, the message is very well received.

    For more ideas about promoting summer reading, check out my blog post "Five Ways to Celebrate Summer Reading" and be sure to sign your students up for Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge.

     

    Typing Practice, Computer Games, and YouTube Videos Galore

    When considering other homework, we’ve decided that the best route is activities that most of the students will be motivated to do because it’s fun. And what’s more fun than computer games? Let’s face it: most kids are going to be spending time in front of a screen this summer. So why not set kids up to succeed at their summer homework by guiding them to tempting math, science, and typing practice resources that they will actually want to work on?  Here’s some of what we do:

    We provide a printed list of educational, age and subject appropriate websites, and we put a linked list on our class websites for the students to access during the summer.

    We give the “everything is better in moderation” speech to our incoming students so they understand that we don’t want them playing four hours of math computer games a day.

    We create a YouTube channel with curated “Summer Learning” videos for kids to watch as an alternative to TV during the summer.

    We provide a list of online typing practice websites. Typing is an important skill for our incoming third graders, and we don’t have a lot of time to practice typing during the school day. This is an ideal skill for students to become proficient at over the summer, as it really gives them a leg up during third grade.

     

    Let’s Connect: You’ve Got Mail!

    I’ve found that students usually slack when assigned audience-less research reports and summer journals. A few highly motivated students put a lot of effort into those assignments (or some parents do) and the rest throw something together quickly if they complete the assignment at all. And I can’t even blame them! These reports are usually out of context without a real audience or purpose.

    Giving incoming students the opportunity to connect with me and with each other is a far better option, in my opinion. Yes, this means that I end up with some summer homework too. But honestly, it only seems fair to meet them halfway if I’m expecting my students to do summer homework. Plus, I have the added perk of not having a pile of summer homework to grade and respond to during the first weeks of school.

    I ask my incoming students to mail me a letter of introduction. I explain that I want to hear about their summer activities, their hobbies, their families, and anything else special they want me to know before the school year begins.

    When I receive letters from my students, I send a postcard back with a brief response. I include a bit of information about my summer travels, and let them know that I can’t wait to see them in September. I also encourage them to send me additional letters if they want.

    Some years, I have paired up students and asked them to write each other a letter over the summer. They bring in their pen pal letters that they received in September and we hang up the pairs of letters on a first bulletin board.

    I’ve also used my class website to allow students to connect online with me and with each other over the summer. Using a blog format, I post a short video, article, or question once a week, and invite both incoming students and my rising former students to write their thoughts in the comments section. I moderate their comments, and really enjoy when they have back-and-forth dialogues through the comments and replies.

    I want to hear from you! Is summer homework an anathema in your school, or do you assign an abundance? What type of work do you send home, and do you have any tricks to ensure that students complete the work? Share your thoughts, rants, and advice in the comments section below or reach out on Facebook or Twitter.

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