During the school year we have only our youngest granddaughter, who turned 3 yesterday, with us during the day Mon-Fri. In the summer we have the oldest, who will be 11 in Sept, with us also. Those pre-teen years are a challenge. I am not sure if it is only this particular child, or if all children this age can't entertain themselves without benefit of electronics.
In any case, we end up trying our best to keep her busy without spending a fortune.
I cannot feel I am doing right by her to let her spend all summer in the house watching Youtube and TV.
We have been to the beach twice this week, and yesterday we went to the park. We also picked up our middle granddaughter, who is 6. Her Daddy was trying to build a new deck and didn't really need her help. It was good for her to be with us. They had to put down one of their cats 2 days before and she was still trying to process that. The girls played on the playground for awhile and we packed a picnic lunch. It was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky. It is rare to see just blue, blue sky like that. I didn't take a single picture either.
Here is a picture from the beach this week. (Because it seems like a blog needs at least 1 picture).
We are counting the days until school starts and we can get back to our routine.
I am in favor of year-round school with shorter breaks throughout the year. I think our kids in the USA are lagging behind other countries in academics. It is also no longer the norm for families to have Mom stay at home. Childcare is an issue for families during the summer. I know of some kids who are old enough to be left home alone but must stay in the house while parents work. I don't see how that is better for them than being in school.
There is talk about year-round school in Michigan, and a few schools are doing it. I'm not sure what other states do, but in Michigan school usually ends by the 2nd week of June and starts after Labor Day. I think year-round will become the norm eventually, but not without a struggle. Many are very opposed to it.
How do you feel about it? What does your school system do?
Have a great weekend!
Til next time,