Ah, the lazy days of summer are nearly upon us. Now that I am a homeschooling parent I look forward to summer just as much as I did as a child. It's not because homeschooling is hard or because we don't like what we're doing; we love homeschooling! Rather, it's the opportunity to spend a few months with a slowed-down rhythm (even slower than during the homeschooling year) seeking deep relaxation and connection.
For three months or so I am their mama and not also their teacher; they are my boys and not also my students. I can fully put aside all the worry that I try not to have during the academic year (but fail at erasing completely). We fall into a different rhythm, one based around going to the pool daily, the weekly kids' movie, play dates, beach trips, and more.
Of course, I don't believe that children are ever not learning. I don't think my summers off from school were wasted nor that I experienced any kind of brain drain.
My hunch is that kids who have grown up loving to learn and doing it in a natural and holistic manner can't help but learn over the summer; learning is that humans do!