Over the summer holidays friends and family remark with horror that we still continue to do homework.
The reality is we do not do much, we practice times tables, read for 15 mins and do some writing ( usually a holiday journal or something similar). As far as I’m concerned, this is the bare minimum to keep the dyslexic brain, so prone to forgetting concepts, ticking over.
I came across this quote by Douglas Merrill, first CIO of Google and the President of EMI Music and the CEO ZestFinance:
“Every summer, my mother was re-teaching me to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, all the way up until I’m in college…”
I notice his use of the word “re-teaching” as this is such an apt description of what I am essentially doing. I’ve mentioned before how quick Jasmine is to understand concepts and indeed how equally quick she is at forgetting it all. With certain maths concepts that depend on memorisation – timetables for instance, we just have to keep practicing them to ensure she does not completely forget them.
I think the key for me is to always remember this is a marathon not a sprint. There is no value in doing 2 hours of work daily over the summer, 30mins of short, sharp practice of a few concepts will suffice as long as these are thought out in advance.
I put a timetable together to ensure topics build on each other, I also try and mix up the reading material: comics, poems, menus, marketing leaflets etc and importantly we have an incentive mechanism, a combination of star charts and marble jars, that seem to encourage and motivate.
I noted also Merrill’s comment above about how this summer re-teaching continued right through till he went to college and remind myself once again, we are in for the long haul.