From the moment my daughter's got out of school in May to the end of July, was a complete blur. It was a blur of summer camp, work, travel, deadlines, proposals and pool parties. The fact that they were going back to school in three weeks had not occurred to me. When it did, I panicked. Where did the time go? I frantically realized I had no idea what day school started and had to ask another mom. I got a brisk answer of “August 27th,” which I like to call the “working mom fail” response. The guilt of not knowing when my children start school left me feeling completely overwhelmed.
Being a stay-at-home mom, you never have a truly free moment. Even when you are resting for a bit, you may be folding laundry while you watch TV, sitting for a moment while food is cooking, or taking a quick nap to catch up on the sleep that you missed staying up late taking care of sick kids the night before.
Summer learning loss happens in two ways: forgetting what we’ve learned and not making any progress over the break. Research has shown that students can forget 25-30 percent of what they’ve learned. It can be difficult to balance the need for our learners to decompress AND keep up with everything they should do to prepare for school again.