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Moms Talk: Longer School Year?

Moms Talk Q&A is a forum for mothers (and parents, in general) to get together and talk about some of the most important issues facing you and your children.

Moms Talk is a new feature on Woodridge Patch that is part of a new initiative on our Patch sites to reach out to moms and families.

Woodridge Patch invites you and your circle of friends to help build a community of support for mothers and their families right here in Woodridge.

Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council of experts and smart moms take your questions, give advice and share solutions.

Mom Council Members: Suzy Chudzik, Debbie Howe, Rubia Jasinevicius and Elena Taylor

Today's Topic: Would you support a longer school year?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Debbie Howe March 23, 2011 at 08:37 PM
As much as I know summer break is hard for parents to make sure someone is watching the kids and still be able to work, I think summer vacation is needed. I know my daughter works hard in school and near the end of the school year she is a little burnt out. These kids need a chance to recharge and be kids for a while and so do the teachers. I do like that last year her teacher gave out a summer homework packet. Not mandatory, but a bonus if you return it completed when you come back to school. It really helped her not to forget everything that was learned. It was not much, maybe a total of 15-20 minutes of work a week but just something to keep the wheels turning. Teachers have so many problems getting the kids back into school mode again and confirming that they did not forget what they learned last year, that it takes a lot of time for them. I also think it is a good time for families to spend time together, go on vacations, activites and having fun. I have worked in a school and do a lot of volunteering and I see what the teachers are putting up with and working with. Trust me, teachers need time to rejuvinate and recharge their batteries. I beleive it makes better teachers. I really think a longer school year would cause more burn out for students and teachers, so No I do not support a longer school year.
Suzy Ravasio Chudzik March 23, 2011 at 10:35 PM
I was just talking with a friend today about how I would like year round school. I know it is not the ideal set up for the teachers, or some parents who use day care, but I think it would help with learning retention and teachers not having to spend the first month or so of school reviewing last year's work. If year was on on a track of 9 weeks on, 3 weeks off, 9 weeks on, 3 weeks off, i think it would break up the year better. I know by the middle of the July my kids are already telling me they are bored.
Suzanne Flynn March 24, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Suzy - I totally agree with you. I know child care would be harder for everyone, but the retention of learned activities would be better and then the teachers and students would get needed breaks several times a year. My kids are bored to tears by beginning of August too and I'm tired and have run out of things to do! The problem would then be air conditioning - I know my Naperville district does not have air in many of their schools and that would have to be put in if they even consider year long school which would be really expensive!
Elena Taylor April 04, 2011 at 09:23 PM
More frequent breaks and a full year of school would benefit kids and hopefully teachers also. The kids would retain more over their break, stay in a similar sleep schedule and teachers would get the more regular mental health breaks they need. I try to keep my kids reading daily over the summer but they still claim boredom long before they are scheduled to return back to school. I work and am a single mom, so summers are super long for me as well as my kids.

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