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Old 12-21-2007, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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AWWWH ! that is so sweet of you! I agree.
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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...I noticed when living in the south, that the kids got out earlier in June for summer break.....but they went back in August, instead of September...
Wasn't the original reason for summer break from school, so that the kids could work on the farm, also just like "daylight savings time"?
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Wasn't the original reason for summer break from school, so that the kids could work on the farm, also just like "daylight savings time"?
Yes it was! There are places in Maine that allow kids time off for harvest, usually it's potato time. I don't remember much about it but, seems to me I saw an article not long ago that the tradition is still going.
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I agree....my kids are always ready to go back. I graduated from HS in '84, on June 14th....isn't it funny the things you remember?!
June 9, 1982 at 7 pm. But I can't remember what I need when I get to the store.
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Wasn't the original reason for summer break from school, so that the kids could work on the farm, also just like "daylight savings time"?
Kids in the county go back in August and are out for a couple of weeks for the potato harvest. It's a dying tradition as mechanical harvesting becomes more popular.
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:55 PM
 
Location: On the water in Maine =)
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Wasn't the original reason for summer break from school, so that the kids could work on the farm, also just like "daylight savings time"?
Yup!
What Msina and MW said
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Old 12-21-2007, 03:44 PM
 
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You know... I have read the arguments for and against extended summer breaks. But really I just like having the down time with my kids with no homework stress and no absolute schedules.

Now please be good friends and don't bump this post when I'm whining in July about the length of summer. :P
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Old 12-21-2007, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Just west of the Missouri River
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You know... I have read the arguments for and against extended summer breaks. But really I just like having the down time with my kids with no homework stress and no absolute schedules.

Now please be good friends and don't bump this post when I'm whining in July about the length of summer. :P

Summer break's a good thing for kids. (Be good for me too! But--)

School life is so regimented. I think it's important for kids to have time just to "be" and to play, and find out who they are and what the world is. It's all learning. (But make 'em do some chores, too! )
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Old 12-21-2007, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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I agree Gen and Treeluvr I want my time with them I knew a lady who went to our church in Bangor, and I so admired her. Her children are all older than I am, but when they were small, at the beginning of the school year she sent in a note to school. The note said that the school could have them M-Th, but she would be keeping them home on Fridays. If it couldn't be accomplished in four days she didn't see why they should stay a fifth! They used that day to spend the time together, as a family doing a whole variety of things. She took her role as their mother very seriously. It shows
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Old 12-22-2007, 05:44 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I graduated college in 1962 and grad school in 1970; all well before you got out of high school! I guess that makes me an old foggie and you a young whippersnapper.
Pssst, Elston... you were out of grad school before they got INTO kindergarten, if they graduated in 84.

Just thought I would point that out, being how helpful, and considerate I am.

LOL, sorry, but the devil got into me there and just took over typing duties for a moment. LOL I get the whole age thing as well. Not because I really am that old yet. I still feel like a teenager, but in my mid 40's I don't get away acting like one anymore. I get teased because my DW is 10 years younger than I am. There are still times something comes on the History channel (my personal favorite) and she gets this blank look and dryly comments, oh yeah, you would remember that, but it is before I was thought of yet. Then snickers at me.

Just teasing you, I owe you and your DP a coffee when you get to Maine.
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