I absolutely loved summer break when I was in school. It meant lots of free time, not having homework to do constantly, getting hang out with friends, and just doing the things I loved. We didn't have the internet until I was in high school. And even then I didn't start using things like facebook and such regularly until my junior or senior year. We had video games but my brothers and I didn't really play them much. The thing we did the most was drown ourselves in the television. But today the computer is like TV was to us. While watching TV or playing on the computer I would slowly loose all of the information I had learned at school. I don't know if it's because the info didn't stick very well so it was easy to forget or because I was filling my brain with other nonscence. Whatever the case may be, when I went back to school the teachers expected us to remember things we had learned the year before and I just couldn't. And I wasn't the only one. There were many kids that didn't remember.
There is this cool new tool called GetNoodles. It allows parents to set up timed questions on the computer for their kids. So once every 5-55 minutes you can have you child quizzed on something they should know from school. If they answer the question right they get to keep playing. If it's answered wrong they are locked out of playing on the computer. I think it's an awesome tool to keep your children's mind fresh. Even if you're homeschooling I think it's a good tool.
Go check it out at http://www.getnoodles.com. It's completely free to download and use.
It's a cheap and easy way to keep your kids from going brain dead. GetNoodles.