It’s no secret that I have had issues with kindergarten homework. Last fall, I got scolded by the teacher for not making my daughter follow directions and color. Color. (You can read the sordid details here.) But it’s May now and my 6-year-old daughter and I have found our groove when it comes to kindergarten [Read More]
My 9-year-old brings home his school work once a week. It’s my time to peruse what he’s been up to and see if he’s falling behind/soaring above expectations. Last week’s pile of school work brought home a lovely letter about the Midwest that he’d written. It was kinda cute and I appreciated his eye for [Read More]
Remember this? You can refresh your memory about this in my first Rage Against the Kindergarten Machine post. Basically, after 6 worksheets, Sydney didn’t want to color her kindergarten homework anymore and I didn’t think she needed to. But obviously her kindergarten teacher thought she should! Well, prepare yourselves. Now there’s this: Troubling? Brave? Poor [Read More]
To color or not to color. That is the question. Every Friday, Sydney gets a half dozen worksheets sent home from kindergarten. The worksheets are her homework. There are letters to identify and write, words to try and read, plus math exercises to tackle. We have until Wednesday to turn in the finished homework, but [Read More]
Those of you following me on Facebook know that my son asked me a very thought-provoking question recently. We were riding in the car when he queried, “Mom, what’s easier to cut? Chicken or licorice?” Where does he come up with this stuff? And what IS easier to cut? I replied chicken. I was thinking [Read More]
This is the desk I bought my 3rd-grader at the beginning of the school year. I was hoping it would be good for homework. Nope. It turned out to be really great for building and displaying Legos!
Will, my 3rd grader, is working through an Everyday Mathematics unit on reasoning and word problems. Oh, the joy! (You might recall how much I LOVE the Everyday Mathematics curriculum.) This particular “Home Links” worksheet asked him to explain how he arrived at his answer. Check out the problem and his explanation of how he [Read More]