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Old 12-23-2007, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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I typically got out mid June and went back in mid August. Though Seniors got out 2 weeks early, making my graduation date June 1, 1985. For the record, I am always walking into rooms then promptly forgetting why I went there.
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Old 12-23-2007, 07:50 AM
 
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My daughter will have a long summer break this summer.
Her last day of school in TN is May 23rd and we move to ME the next day.
I think her first day of school is the 28th of August.
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Old 12-25-2007, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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My daughter will have a long summer break this summer.
Her last day of school in TN is May 23rd and we move to ME the next day.
I think her first day of school is the 28th of August.
You lucky duck! Where in Maine are you moving to? Oh, BTW, welcome to the Maine forum.
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:27 AM
 
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We will be moving back home to Belfast.
5 months and counting
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Summer vacation is so American. Kids should go to school all year.

I totally disagree; I think I learned as much during the summer as I did in school; well not academics but appreciation of life and how to get along and certainly geography and history when we took family vacations. The "space" that unending summer (even if it was only 2 1/2 months) was invaluable. It also provided lots and lots of exercise and I was a skinny as a bean pole then.
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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It always surprises me that some adults look at a child playing and don't realize how much learning is happening!
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:12 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Summers are a great time for kids and adults to learn and see new things. This last summer my two oldest had been learning about Rosa Parks just before school got out and we were able to take them to the Henry Ford Museum where the actual bus is. I have a picture of them sitting in her seat she refused to give up. I think that made a more lasting impression than reading it out of a book. While they were sitting there there is a recording of Mrs. Parks telling how she felt and what she was thinking that day. They were riveted!

During the long summer breaks my kids have already got to do things that they couldn't have if school went all year. They have seen the battlefields of Gettysburg, President Lincolns chair from the Ford Theater, Sat in Rosa Parks seat, Seen one of the original copies of the Deceleration of Independence, Seen the Old North Church steeple where the lanterns were hung, Seen some of Paul Reveres silver work, I could go on with even more, but I think you get the picture. Summer is a time My wife and I get to show them the real stuff they are learning about in school. We get to take them out and fill in a bit more detail than they can get in a classroom alone. I hope it never changes personally! My oldest will be 10 in a couple of weeks, he has already seen more than a lot of adults I know. He and my 8 year old son both have a thirst for knowledge that comes from being able to see and sometimes touch our History, Science advancements, and the importance of language.
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Summers are a great time for kids and adults to learn and see new things. This last summer my two oldest had been learning about Rosa Parks just before school got out and we were able to take them to the Henry Ford Museum where the actual bus is. I have a picture of them sitting in her seat she refused to give up. I think that made a more lasting impression than reading it out of a book. While they were sitting there there is a recording of Mrs. Parks telling how she felt and what she was thinking that day. They were riveted!

During the long summer breaks my kids have already got to do things that they couldn't have if school went all year. They have seen the battlefields of Gettysburg, President Lincolns chair from the Ford Theater, Sat in Rosa Parks seat, Seen one of the original copies of the Deceleration of Independence, Seen the Old North Church steeple where the lanterns were hung, Seen some of Paul Reveres silver work, I could go on with even more, but I think you get the picture. Summer is a time My wife and I get to show them the real stuff they are learning about in school. We get to take them out and fill in a bit more detail than they can get in a classroom alone. I hope it never changes personally! My oldest will be 10 in a couple of weeks, he has already seen more than a lot of adults I know. He and my 8 year old son both have a thirst for knowledge that comes from being able to see and sometimes touch our History, Science advancements, and the importance of language.
I so agree. When I think back on my summer vacations they were a time of learning and of reinforcing what we had learned during the school year. I remember visiting the Mound builders mounds and forts in Ohio and Indiana and Kentucky and getting a glimpse into archeology; I remember following the Freedom Trail in Boston and learning revolutionary war history by going into the buildings; I remember being in a tent for long days when we went camping and it rained, while we all took turns reading aloud to each other, "Freckles" and "Girl of the Limberlost" by Jean Stratton Porter stands out in my mind. I remember going to camp and learning how to weave and how to etch aluminum trays; I remember bird and tree identification and mist netting and banding (with my boys)--summer vacations were as important as school and I wouldn't give up that part of my childhood for anything. (And with the bike riding and hiking and running and swimming there weren't any obese children.
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Old 12-28-2007, 12:38 PM
 
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this year has been bad for snow so far, don't stress, its not always like this.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:24 PM
 
Location: 40 miles north of Bangor, Maine
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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


I was reading back through old posts....and its still July so I couldn't resist bumping this up! LOL sorry!!! How's the summer with the kids going?! For me, it depends on the momment you ask me and if we are off doing fun stuff or if I have 3 kids argueing with each other over stupid stuff! LOL

By the way, here in NJ, we got out this year June 18 (only 1 snow day was added on!) and we also go back right after labor day! Another school year here and we'll probably be up there after that!
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