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Do you make your dc "work" during the holidays?

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Sunhasgothishaton Mon 15-Jul-13 20:37:30

My eldest has a presentation to prepare for September, a maths workbook to complete, and a D&T project to complete.

My youngest has got to do 30 mins (2 instruments) music practice, 15 mins theory work and 15 mins general reading to do - 5 out of 7 days.

I appear to be the only one of my RL friends who's children do work during the holidays.

Please tell me that yours do too so that I can tell my kids they aren't the only ones in the world who have to work.

englishmumcominghome Thu 18-Jul-13 06:49:52

we are in Joburg and returning back to the UK probably for the start of the academic year in September 2014. DS1 will have to be sitting 8+ exams come Nov/Dec/Jan 2014 so he has a horrible timetable to get him up to UK speed (he is only half way through his first year of proper school here and just turned 7).

That said, we have a smaller holiday though August (4 weeks) and we are going to ILs in NZ for 2.5 weeks of that - we are putting together a project and daily journal to encourage his creative writing, and he will be having some brilliant experiences so hopefully this will help.

lilli30101968 Thu 18-Jul-13 15:06:50

My daughter is a little behind I would like her to do some work 1 h a day anybody suggest any good work book for going to year 5 . She will do the reading challenge at the library.

quip Thu 18-Jul-13 16:51:16

I take it back: my dc have both been given holiday diaries to complete. And ds1 has got hold of a music theory book he wants to work through. So less poking mud with sticks than I thought.

DwightFry Thu 18-Jul-13 17:15:59

Very like ThreeBeeOneGee here.

Reading for all - but that's half an hour's wind down before bed every night anyway, no exceptions. So that doesn't count. And thank God for kindles, it means two less bags of books to take on holiday.

DS1 - guitar practice, keep his French and German vocab going (5 mins each a day) and he wants to do some Latin (bit of a linguist, that one and Y8 languages are apparently 'all about grammar, now you know the vocab').

DS2 - drum practice and half an hour's maths daily - has missed a lot of this term due to illness and needs to hit the ground running in Y6. Some reading aloud for comprehension, as well as reading to himself. Told me today he is writing a book online with his grandfather as well, apparently.

DD - dancing practice (one song a day to practice a particular kind of turn, apparently), half an hour alternating mental maths and alphabet work . She is also doing the library reading challenge, although since she went yesterday with a list of 6 (mainstream) authors she was interested in and they had NONE of them, I'm not holding my breath.

DS3 - mark making, colouring, generally joining in.

But also plenty of being in the garden / park, hiding in the den, building other dens out of two airers, the washing line, every cushion in the house and all my blankets, cooking, painting, poking each other with sticks, learning new instruments (they all want to teach themselves the rudiments of the piano - not at once, I hope), fighting, yelling, lying around in their pyjamas watching cartoons of a morning - the usual holiday stuff.

fuzzpig Thu 18-Jul-13 17:36:02

Ha, dwight, my two make dens with the laundry airer too. When it's full of clothes (usually socks of course, seeing as they are the most annoying to pick up when they all scatter...)

I love the sound of the book your DS2 is writing with his grandfather! That's really sweet. Is there a particular interest they share, or is he keeping the plot a secret grin

What are the authors your DD likes? You should be able to request them in for free on a child's ticket (you can here anyway) so even if they take a little while some should become available throughout the holidays.

WipsGlitter Thu 18-Jul-13 17:39:37

DS is reading two stories a night (he's 5). He struggled with the reading and the teacher is keen he doesn't unlearn it all over the summer. I've got the alpha blocks mag and another one for him as well.

Lancelottie Thu 18-Jul-13 17:46:20

Hurray for mathanxiety, keeping me company in my interpretation of 'work' as 'get the hoover out, mow the lawn and for gawd's sake do a few loads of washing'.

I might let them unwind with a bit of music practice after that if they're very good (though the neighbours would probably prefer not).

HorryIsUpduffed Thu 18-Jul-13 18:00:17

I met DS1's new teacher today. I said I wasn't intending to do any structured work over the summer, although he might glance at the odd book if he feels inclined. Teacher said "quite right too. It's Y1, not GCSEs. Time enough for work in September."

He and I are going to get on like a house on fire grin

cory Thu 18-Jul-13 18:16:58

What is regarded as work and not work will surely differ from family to family, child to child?

I was very happy to sit down with a French novel and a dictionary when I was a pre-teen; for dd, that definitely counted as work. Neither of us would have thought of reading a novel or writing stories as work.

I don't think my db ever saw practising his violin as work in the sense of "doing what I have been told", though he clearly thought of it as "work" in the sense of "preparing for the future". For me otoh it would have been a tedious chore.

The only tasks we have usually set (apart from necessary exam revision) have been swimming related: we usually test all the children of the extended family for their swimming badges. My summer memories seem to involve a lot of shivering on rocks watching a small head bobbing up and down in the water for what seems like hours.

MrButtercat Thu 18-Jul-13 19:35:56

Pixel why is an hour a day excessive,they have 11 other hours in the day?confused

Do we have to go through the competitive who does the least in holidays thing,it's tedious.

We all know what is best for our inividual children and act accordingly.

SirChenjin Thu 18-Jul-13 20:13:46

Or conversely, the who does the most - which is equally as tedious...

fuzzpig Thu 18-Jul-13 20:18:59

Indeed cory, depends very much on the child's interests and school stage etc. Last summer if I'd suggested making our own story book to DD, she would've looked at me in horror, but this year I suggested doing a book based on a series she loves, and she was over the moon.

She very much thinks of school as fun, even the bits where they are sitting down doing 'proper work' (she wanted to go to school on Xmas day! confused) so I think doing a few fun projects and 'schooly things' will only serve to cement that view, rather than damaging it. But it's in the way you approach it, obviously if I forced her to do stuff it would be counterproductive.

I have set myself some holiday homework today grin I was having a clear out (which incidentally is my main summer project... Long way to go yet!) and found some old maths books I used to love doing. Since getting ill I've got a bit slower mentally (had to quit my degree too) so I'm going to work through it to get the grey cells going again smile

Other main aims for the DCs are getting DS to dress himself (babied youngest child alert) ready for starting school in September, and to see if DD can ride her bike without stabilisers smile

DwightFry Thu 18-Jul-13 21:43:41

Fuzzpig, the building with airers thing is universal I suspect! DS2 is writing with grandpa partly because grandpa loves to write (my dad - has been hiding in the study 'writing stories' since long before I was born. If you couldn't find him, he was either there or asleep!) and because DS2 was talking to him today about some of his (DS2's) more bonkers ideas for inventions and they have woven a story out of it. I will be interested to see what comes out of this!

DD is looking to read Jeanne Birdsall, Maryrose Wood, Trenton Lee Stewart, Lemony Snicket or Eoin Colfer. I was frankly astounded that the library could not furnish ANY of these. She's a bit of an Instant Gratification 8-Year-Old (TM) too, so ordering did not appeal - but she has at least come home with one author she'd never read before, and may be branching out beyond Derek Landy and Rick Riordan. I was just a bit fed-up that I'd talked her into these new authors that I thought were pretty standard, and then none of them were there!

fuzzpig Thu 18-Jul-13 22:07:19

Ooh I love Lemony Snicket and Eoin Colfer! smile

Sounds like your DS' story might be a bit professor branestawm-ish. I loved those, trying to find some to read to DD.

Rosebud11 Fri 26-Jul-13 12:14:13

My DS will be having fun, fun, fun and more fun. He loves reading and playing on the maths app on the iPad so that's ok. He will be either at the park on his bike or scooter, on play dates with his friends or on a fun day out. We will just wake up and he can decide what he would like to do. Thats my idea of summer holidays. I am strict with him in terms of his learning when he is at school but holidays are times to relax, build memories and have fun. He exceeded most of the 17 reception goals so he deserves some treats for his achievement over the past year!

Elibean Fri 26-Jul-13 12:35:14

dd1's Y4 teacher was brilliant. She believed in NO work over holidays, lots of play and fun and outings.

And then knuckle down and work your socks off during term time grin

forehead Sat 27-Jul-13 20:11:00

My children always do some schoolwork during the long Summer break. The reason being that I am convinced that if they don't have some kind of structure they will definitely fall behind. My ds was behind in maths at the beginning of the last Summer holiday. I spent the last Summer holiday tutoring him in maths and he is now in the top maths group. He would not have been able to do this if I had not used the summer holidays. He still had plenty of time to watch tv,
play with his friends, fight with his siblings etc

UniS Sat 27-Jul-13 21:43:41

Nothing "official" from school for DS age 7, but all his maths workbooks were sent home at the end of term and there are lots of pages still to do. SO, as he is very enthusiastic about "workbooks" at present , he is doing a double spread of a work book most days either handwriting or maths ( he likes maths, but the handwriting one has stickers!). Also 15 is of piano practise when we remember and 10 mins of reading almost every evening.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sat 27-Jul-13 21:50:23

they don't think they are doing any work over the holidays.

they have written postcards, shopping lists, things to do lists. literacy
read a chapter of their books each day literacy
played maths and logic based games maths
they LOVE puzzle books maths english
they have been going to the shops for me. maths
They are making a scrapbook about this holidays art
playing badminton and swimming PE
hanging out with friends phse

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sat 27-Jul-13 21:51:04

ooh forgot about riding their bikes for a couple of hours a day

fuzzpig Sat 27-Jul-13 21:59:59

One of my 'aims' for this holiday was to see if DD could learn to ride without stabilisers, she begged DH to take them off after school finished on Wednesday, she has totally mastered it now grin

I am trying to make sure they get loads of time outside. Not asked DD to do anything else specific although she has enjoyed doing some pages for her scrapbook (just drawings so far).

simpson Sat 27-Jul-13 22:09:26

It was my aim to get DD riding her bike with no stabilisers too but she cracked it in 2 days before school broke up.

I am very proud of her as she is hyper mobile and finds things like this difficult.

For the holidays I am trying to combine fun with learning iyswim. Tomorrow we are going to a garden centre for lunch which has sheep, goats and chickens etc. DD wants to take her bug hunting kit (bought for the holidays on amazon) which comes with a little notebook for her to write her findings. She is most excited!

Beechview Sat 27-Jul-13 22:18:01

Ds1's teacher (yr 3) gave me suggestions about what he could do over the holidays adding 'some parents do nothing with their children over the holidays and you can really tell'

His suggestions were getting him to make some biscuits or cakes by himself so he uses measuring stuff. Getting him to work out the how much time there is between times eg how long til 12 o'clock, if this film is 1hr30mins, whens it going to finish. He also suggested practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using education city as well as doing the reading challenge and the set homework on adjectives.
I'm happy doing that

fuzzpig Sat 27-Jul-13 23:05:19

That's great simpson well done to your DD! smile

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