|Sher Bear and Big Dad before they discovered the snake in the boat.|
Of course, I know what she is talking about. Having been in public school myself, and having done "school at home" for the first few years of our homeschooling adventure - I know all about the vacuum that is summer break. It seemingly sucks all of the knowledge right out of kid's brains. Why is that?
|Jor Man goes out with Big Dad.|
It begs the question: What is learning? If we "learn" something, only to forget it a few months (weeks, days, hours?) later, did we ever really LEARN it in the first place?
|Campster and Big Dad rowing out.|
So, going back to the chid who learns their multiplication tables but forgets them over the summer. I'm going to suggest that they never learned them in the first place. They produced them. And then it was summer and they didn't have to produce, so they forgot. Learning is like riding a bicycle. You don't forget how to do something you've learned, just because you haven't done it in a while. You've incorporated it into who you are, and how you see the world. It is part of you.
I want my kids to learn. I have very little use for producing.
In the same email, I read this description of summer learning. Lovely.
Enjoy your summer.
Wish you were here!