My son likes to beat me at any cost in board and card games. While playing Backgammon, he removes my pieces without mercy. In UNO, he is gleeful when I have to pick up. His ruthless, competitive edge freaks me out! He’s only ten! His sister couldn’t care less about winning. She prefers more cooperative activities.
Regardless of their attitudes towards game playing, my kids love to play games with me. It is a time to share laughter and conversation, never rushed, never pressured.
It’s a couple weeks into summer vacation, and while living at our cottage, I’ve watched my kids chill out after their busy school year. They are sleeping later, staying in their pjs for hours, spending time alone in their rooms, and doing a lot of nothing.
The end of the school year is fun and exciting time for everyone! Play days, graduation ceremonies, parties, class outings, outdoor lunch, and a laid-back vibe at school — it’s one of the best times of the year.
BUT, final report cards come at this time too…..
That may NOT be so fun for some kids — for some families!
What is the report card conversation going to sound like at your house?
Do you post the report cards on the fridge, for siblings to compare? Do you discuss marks over the family dinner?
We are on the eve of the EQAO testing. Grades 3, 6, and 9 students and teachers throughout our publicly-funded Ontario schools prepare for battle! Final reviews of the Mathematics and Language curriculum take place during these final days in May, and the kids get ready for a temporary change in their daily routines. They have heard about this test for many months, and now they want to show their stuff. Let’s make sure these kids have NO NERVES about the EQAO!