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School's Out

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

School is out for all my grandchildren for the summer.
That does not mean 'No books' as several of them have assignments that are expected to be done before the first day of school next year.
I remember the library having programs with a voluntary program for reading 10 books for which there was a 'reward'. We did not have mandatory school work. After all, one grade was finished and the next one hadn't started.
Is this another example of 'in the good ol' days'. . . ?

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LINDA! 6/12/2013 10:50PM

    I took my daughters to the library for a reading program when they were small. It was designed to make it very interesting with pretty colors and illustrations through out the reading room.

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JO88BAKO 6/12/2013 5:59PM

    It's good to keep their minds active during the summer. I did always like the song School' Out for Summer tho LOL

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KNYAGENYA 6/12/2013 2:42PM

    When I was younger my parents made us attend a sort of summer school at home where they were the teachers. Boy, was that a long summer.

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PICKIE98 6/12/2013 2:23PM

    I went to a parochial school for grades 1-7. I never entered a library until I was in high school because we needed public library access to do term papers and essays.
My mother would not take time to take us to a library two miles from our home.

the parochial school had a closet with some books that we could check out, I read ten a day.

I have always been an avid reader, devouring anything I could read. We never got assignments after the last day of school. In the good old days..

It was a shocker when I went to college and we had to read the first chapter of each class book before teh first class!
I took my DD to the library every single week from six months of age until she could drive. She,too, is an avid reader.

It is a parents' job to instill this, make it part of a daily routine.

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MNTWINSGAL 6/12/2013 11:19AM

    I think so. And there's something to be said for the good ol' days too. When I was a kid, I always signed up for the reading program at the library, and when I had kids of my own and day care kids, I signed them all up too. Reading is fun -- we all enjoyed it. But assignments due before the beginning of next school year? That turns fun into an unpleasant chore.

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CAMEOANDLACE 6/12/2013 9:46AM

    I was thinking the same thing. We had summer reading programs but not homework unless it was a "What I did over the summer" paper.

I'm not sure that kids should not have some free time. They are all so busy these days. No time to be a kid.

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CHANGE4FIT 6/12/2013 9:37AM

    As a mother of 3 and wife of a school board member, the sad truth is that in the "good ol days" kids would read on their own and parents would provide them opportunities to read. So many children lose so much ground with a long summer break and many parents don't encourage reading. The only time I actually remember mine having summer reading assignments was when they would be taking an AP class the next fall-and I still have one in high school! Wish more parents would encourage leisure reading.
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NELLIEC 6/12/2013 12:21AM

    I think it must be. I don't remember ever having an assignment to do over the summer!

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