So what is the answer? In a word: fun! Make the "work" into something fun and you might spark their enthusiasm. Coming up with a fun summer packet is a challenge that I assigned myself a few weeks ago. It was a bigger task than I thought at first. I wanted to review typical Spanish I topics such as clothing, colors, likes and dislikes, foods . . . and some of the functions of the language such as present tense, adjective agreement, reading and listening comprehension . . . It was a lot to think about and I didn't want to make a worksheet packet.
The level is for students who have finished Spanish I and are getting ready to go on to Spanish II. The focus is fun and review, but the rigor is not especially high because at home there is no teacher scaffolding or feedback.
The summer fun packet is temporarily $5 over at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. And if you email me and tell me you bought it, I might just have a special gift for you. (My name is AnneKarakash and I am at gmail.com. Put the two together and you have my email address.)
Thank you for reading, amigos. Have a brilliant summer!