DS is 6 (nearly 7) and going into 2nd grade. As this is my first summer home with him, I am striving to be productive yet allow him some freedom and spontaneity.
How much are you "working" with your similar-age child(ren) in the summer? Are you doing math workbooks, focusing on reading every day, etc., are you more of a free-time mindset, or somewhere in between? What does your daily schedule look like?
DS is not a self-motivated kid when it comes to schoolwork. He has a 5-star imagination, a strong memory, and is clever, but he resists hard work. Because of that, I have difficulty knowing when to encourage him and when to follow his lead on the pace of...life. He desperately wants and needs to play freely, both alone and with peers, so much time has been set aside for exactly that. Still, I want him to be ready for school in the fall, and he's in dual language immersion, so practice and exposure are important.
Thanks in advance for sharing any stories/advice. I'm especially interested to hear from at-home parents since this format is new to us. I appreciate your input.