Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Learning Loss


It must be June, because I’ve been seeing the signs all over the place: STOP SUMMER LEARNING LOSS!

But guess what--I don’t believe in summer learning loss.

I don’t believe the phrase even existed when I was a child.

I don’t believe it is a new epidemic so much as another invented phenomena designed to frighten parents and get them to spend their money on tutoring programs.

And I really don’t believe my children stop learning over the summer.

I don’t believe that spending time with their siblings, parents, cousins, elders and neighbors is harmful to their social skills.

I don’t believe that picking, divvying and devouring buckets full of raspberries or selling lemonade causes them to lose math aptitude.

I don’t believe drawing with chalk on the driveway or “painting” with water on the hot deck could harm their artistic capabilities.

I don’t believe that long lazy afternoons re-reading favorite novels in the hammock could possibly be detrimental to their reading comprehension capabilities.

I don’t believe daily swims or bike rides are damaging to their athletic abilities.

I don’t believe attending free concerts in the park or creating their own rock or marching bands could lessen their appreciation of music.

I don’t believe creating original theatrical works to perform for friends and neighbors could ever be damaging to their writing prowess.

I don’t believe finding deer skeletons in the woods, capturing tadpoles or raising caterpillars and releasing butterflies could possibly be detrimental to their mastery of science.

I don’t believe staying up too late making campfires and catching fireflies could ever in any way detract from my kids’ childhood memories.  I think there are lessons learned from these experiences that they could never learn in a classroom.

School may have ended yesterday but for my kids, the learning has not.



3 comments:

  1. Hear, hear! I am going to print out this one and frame it - sounds like summer life with our son except for the deer skeleton (how's a mama skunk with four little babies traipsing through our backyard instead?) and theatrical productions. Enjoy the learning!

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  2. Aw, we haven't seen too many skunks around...but we have certainly smelled them!

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  3. Awesome! No one could have said it better!

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