Are summer assignments common in the US?

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Posted: 7/31/2013 4:23:48 PM
My kids were doing summer assignments long before NCLB was implemented. There were always summer reading lists and math packets to be completed. They attended two different school districts in Connecticut and had required summer reading in both. There is nothing like that now in NC... no required summer assignments at all (and DD has several AP classes this year).


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Posted: 7/31/2013 4:33:32 PM
DD is going into 2nd grade, and has to read 3 books of the appropriate level and do a brief report (3-4 sentences) with a picture. It's been p.a.i.n.f.u.l. Ironically, she'll play school, etc. and do work that requires real thought, she just doesn't want to read these.


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Posted: 7/31/2013 4:40:31 PM
I don't know of anyone ever assigning them here in our district.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:28:35 PM
My DD took a college English class her senior year of high school. They received all the books on the reading list on the last day of school. They were not required to read them all before school started. My DD read 80% of them.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 6:15:08 PM
Seem to be here in Oregon, both in public school and college. My son is heading into his senior year of college next month and is double majoring in English and Film Studies (he wants to be a screen writer), so he's had a busy summer of homework both reading and film stuff.

He was also supposed to come up with a draft of his screenplay for his english thesis and a story board for his film thesis this summer, but I have yet to see zero work on either. He's been "exhausted" lifeguarding part time this summer. His choice, which is fine, but he's going to have to kick some serious rear to get everything done now to graduate on time in the spring! I figure at 21 I am not in charge of organizing his time any more!

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Posted: 7/31/2013 6:45:10 PM
My kids have/had a summer reading list for middle school. I can't remember if DS had one in HS.

When school starts, DD will have to take a test on the book(s) she read and it will count toward her first semester grade in Language Arts.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:04:22 PM
My kids have had summer reading assignments since middle school and I think they had math assignments prior to that, but I can't remember for sure. All levels have the reading assignments here in high school. They are supposed to read 2 or 3 books from the reading list (depending on the class) and they will have a written assignment in the first week of class. If new students move in, they are given extra time to do the reading. My DSs also had questions on mid-year exams where they had to compare/contrast their summer reading with something they read during the school year.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:08:55 PM
AP in high school requires it here. Ds is in advanced classes in 10th right now and this is the first year he has had it. He has to read a book of his choice, do an essay and answer questions the teacher provided last week of Freshman year and take an AR test the first day of class.

Surprisingly ds didn't mind.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:30:17 PM
My kids are in private school and have summer assignments. Youngest is going into 6th grade and has a simple math problem for every weekday this summer. He typically will do a week at a time and it takes him less than 15 minutes. He also had to read a book of his choice and had to pick from a list of things to do regarding the book. He chose to write a letter to the author. The second book was a book selected by the teacher and he will be given a quiz and/or a project once school starts.

My oldest is going into 9th grade. He has about 5 worksheets for Spanish I. He has to read about 20 pages in his history book and answer some questions, same for L.A.. He also had about 30 words he needed to do notecards - definition, sentence, etc.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 10:53:06 PM
I never had summer assignments in my school career. I attended public schools and private. Not one of my four kids has had summer assignments.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 11:46:10 PM
DS17 had homework over last summer for AP History and English, read and do annotations for both and I think he had a question packet for English. This summer he needs to do annotations and read 5 chapters for Public Speaking (senior English course).

At the public elementary school there was a mandatory reading list before they switched to accelerated reader, now they read what ever they want and take a test for AR points at the beginning of the school year.

When math packets and what not came home from the public school I tossed them directly into the recycle bin.
Now that the little kids are in private school there is no summer work. The principal has a firm belief that summer if meant for relaxation, outside the box learning, and just plain old being a kid.

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