March 1st seems like a long way from summer, but we have to plan ahead - just like parents with kids facing almost 3 months of academic down time. Summers can be a great time for learning - and not school type learning, but outdoors, away from adults, being kids learning. That has become a rare thing though, and many summer hours are spent looking at a screen. We're against screen time almost all the time, but in summer, it's a practically a sin! If you're not reading, or swimming, or throwing rocks in a pond you're wasting a summer day that will never come back. So what about summer workbooks? We're going back to basics this year - we'll be discontinuing the summer workbook that encourages kids to spend time online. We have two updated and expanded summer workbooks that are current, fun and can be worked on with a pencil under a tree! Summertime Learning from TCR and Daily Summer Activites from Evan Moor will be our two key workbooks this year. We're in the process of putting together a skills matrix, so parents can compare the books. We are also putting together some great summer packages - a little work, a little play. Everything will start to show up on our summer learning pages soon!