Ella started junior kindergarten in September and I am surprised that they already get homework! Not sure if this is normal but I don’t recall this being the case when I was a child. Of course I welcome the opportunity for her to learn but I wonder if this is too much too soon? This also increases the expectation for parent participation since she’s too young to read the instructions which means homework for me as well!
Between keeping up with all the forms that come home, the communication binder, remembering to return her books for library day, convincing her to dress appropriately for gym day (she’d wear a party dress to school every day if I would let her!), finding nut free things to pack for lunch, not forgetting her show and share toy, we now have homework on top of it all. Who would have thought kindergarten would be so much work for the parent!
Each week, we get an assignment on Friday that she needs to complete over the weekend. One week, it was take all the shoes out of the closet and sort them into patterns. Count the shoes in each group, draw a picture of each of the groups and write a word to describe each of the groups. After all of this, we now created a mess that I have to convince her to help me clean up which she wasn’t as interested in doing. Don’t get me wrong, it was a really neat exercise but after a long week of work, I really didn’t want one more thing to have to clean up!
Also, last month, they started their reading units for homework during the week (as if going to school for full days 5 days a week was not enough learning). She is expected to work through the books (right now it’s the Top Dog series) that are short sentences, trying to sound out each word through repetition to read the 4-5 words sentences. Crazy – who would have thought reading books mind you short ones started at 4yrs old!
I always thought it was the parents who wanted to get their children ahead of the game that would be doing this extra work on the side. Nope – this is part of the curriculum in kindergarten. Crazy how times have changed since I was a child.
Not sure if it’s just the school board that we are in or if anyone else if finding this with their child going through kindergarten? Share and comment below.
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