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Summer Homework? Remember "los deberes de verano"

Wendy . Blog Shakespeare slept here! Published 10 June 2011

Remember when you had summer homework, year after year? Your teachers had told you that the exercises would be fun, that you'd enjoy doing them, but you weren't so sure. Summer finally came. You were desperate to get outside with your friends, but found yourself, most likely, at the kitchen table under your mother's watchful eye, doing those "fun exercises". The first and second lessons were OK, but you were soon shouting "NO quiero hacer mis deberes de verano!" Your bike, your friends, your dog were impatiently waiting for you outside. "Hurry up! Just do it!" The swimming pool or the beach were also just out of reach. And your teacher's words were ringing in your ears. " This will help you remember what we've done in class and get you ready for next year." Deep down you knew you had to get those workbooks done. Your parents and the teacher were in agreement. You had to take this task seriously. "No arguments!" YOU definitely didn't want to do homework IN THE SUMMER! Nevertheless there you sat, stalling, daydreaming, wishing you had already finished and were free to do whatever you wanted to do.

Well, the years have gone by. Next time you're in a book store or department store, or the toy department of Carrefour or Alcampo, or practically any store in June, look for "Vacaciones Santillana". You don't have to really search for them. They'll jump out at you or you'll bump right into them. Will they bring back good memories? Good or bad, they WILL remind you of your younger self. Some of you probably whipped through those workbooks and are now avid readers or even........teachers! Those workbooks reenforced the basic concepts you'd worked on during the academic year, and many of them WERE fun and creative. Whatever your attitude was at the time, you DID learn to read and write well, and you DID learn those basic concepts. Your parents were happy. Your teachers were happy. And you even had time for your bike, your friends and your dog. You got to the swimming pool or the beach, though you might have taken the workbooks along with you.

Remember how you used to stress out about "Lengua" and "Sociedad" and "Mates"? Well, you're all grown up now and have different responsibilities.

Are your kids going to do "Deberes de Verano"? Of course they are. Why? Because YOU know that they were good for you and they'll be good for your kids too. Not only will they reenforce what they've learned, they'll teach your offspring about obligation and responsibility, the importance of making an effort and getting a job done.

And now YOU have summer homework, "Deberes de Verano", once again. Look at this as a chance to keep up your ENGLISH over the summer with VERY LITTLE EFFORT. How? Just start reading my blog: SHAKESPEARE SLEPT HERE. There are over 100 short articles about a variety of subjects. Most of them have a vocabulary list at the bottom with a Spanish translation. There are even some games. Read 2 or 3 a day. And then go talk to the tourists, in the streets, in the department stores, at the beach, in the cafés. You may not be in an English speaking country, but you can still practice your English.

Why? Because you can hear your teachers' voices ringing in your ears. "Have a happy vacation and PRACTICE YOUR ENGLISH!"

Wendy <?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" />http://comunidad.uem.es/shakespeare/posts<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Vocabulary:

most likely: probablemente
outside: afuera
bike/bicycle: bici
hurry up: darse prisa
swimming pool: piscina
beach: playa
out of reach: fuera del alcance
ringing in your ears: resonando en tus oídos o cabeza
get you ready: prepararte
deep down: al fondo
workbooks: cuadernos de trabajo
in agreement: estar de acuerdo
take this task seriously:tomar esta tarea en serio
no arguments: Sin discusión
nevertheless: sin embargo
stalling: evitar hacer una tarea
daydreaming: soñando despierto
bump right into: chocar con
bring back: traer de nuevo
remind you: recordarte
your younger self: el tú, más joven
whipped through: leer rápido, hacer algo sin esfuerzo, batir
avid readers: lectores entusiastas
or even: o incluso
grown up: crecido, adulto
kids: críos, hijos, chavales
offspring: hijos
chance: oportunidad
keep up: mantener
at the bottom: al pie

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Comments (3)
Anónimo (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Now that classes are letting out for the summer break all those "Vacaciones Santillana" memories are suddenly comming back to us. To be honest, I used to resent being given mandatory homework over the summer as I considered the term "holiday homework" to be a massive contradiction. Now that I am going on 30 I can see how we were not as overloaded with those "Vacaciones Santillana" books as we imagined ourselves to be. More importantly, if we consider education to be really that important it makes sense it should be a year-round endeavour. Good luck everyone with our grown-up version of "Vacaciones Santillana", now in the form of retakes and makeup tests. Let's tough it out!

Maria Lopez Par... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Wen I was a child I hated summer homework's but now that I don´t have time to do anything more than studying I think I will study a little this summer so next year school I will have more free time

MPP T53 B2.1 (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Wow .... what memories ... It was fun at first but by the end was hateful. I recognize that that most attracted me were the English booklets, because they were the ones who did not have to do. Now, I look back and I regret not having continued doing it.

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