Does School Work Take a Backseat When The Weather Gets Warm?

If so, how do parents deal.

Wellesley Patch invites you and your circle of friends to help build a community of support for mothers and their families right here in Wellesley.

Each week in Moms Talk, Wellesley Patch will take your questions, give advice and share solutions.

So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start today's conversation with a question about keeping children motivated as the weather warms and April and summer vacations near. Today's questions, after much collaboration with the Mom's Council, is brought to you by editor Bret Silverberg.

Bret: April vacation is coming up. School is getting close to the end. Do parents have trouble keeping kids motivated to continue to do school work when the weather gets warm? How do parents combat this? Do schools tailor their curriculums around this possible phenomenon?

Where do you take your kids in the spring and summer months?

Kari March 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM
As a parent and teacher at the middle school I don't see a drop in motivation so much but I do see kid's become increasingly busier these past few weeks as sports seasons overlap for a few weeks. Practices, games and try outs for two sports at the same time is happening for many of our kids right now. I think being able to get outside and be more active now that the weather is better and the days are longer gives kids more energy and they actually may be more motivated... only at the very end (June) do I see the motivation drop as kids start to anticipate summer vacation. I see a number of kids at the middle school who are involved in two sports, and with a heavy homework load are really struggling to get it all done and still sleep enough and feel good every day.
Deb Robi March 31, 2011 at 04:15 PM
I see the same thing at the high school, where some kids are sang that they are "swamped" as the current term wraps up on Friday. School sports, outside school activities, music and the arts, PLUS homework? The needle on the "sleep meter" is moving in the wrong direction!


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