In our house, we thoroughly enjoy summer. It's swimming pools, backyard baseball, bare feet, and kids running around the neighborhood. Even with all the summer fun, we have found that it is the perfect time to work on academic area that need a bit of polishing. I'm not talking about breaking out curriculum. Think more math games, geography puzzles, and the like. I try to make it fun and scatter it out through the summer. I don't want it to feel like summer school. This summer, my son needs to work on his writing. He's not happy about it, so I'm trying to make it as enjoyable and important for him as possible. My plan is one writing assignment a week and he can't run with his friends until it is done. That should be good motivation for a 12 year old boy.