Comments for Homework
Today Sean turned in his first packet of homework that he's ever been assigned. I don't remember having homework in kindergarten but then I also don't remember being as capable a reader as Sean is either.
His teacher had the homework set aside for each kindergartner in a blue folder where we sign the children in and out. On the way home on Friday it took a while to explain to Sean what homework means and why its important.
Fortunately we got him excited enough about having homework that he eagerly agreed to do his homework first thing when we got home. I sat with him for the first half and then Ian took over when Harriet needed my attention (she'll only take a bottle from me if I'm home).
The homework packet had two pages of reading where Sean had to match the starting sound with the correct image and then the correct word to the image, a page of arithmetic and a page of writing (copying a sentence three times). Sean carefully worked on each piece and didn't need much in terms of help from either of us. He was done in about half an hour.
To make sure we remembered to take his completed package in this morning we put the folder by the front door where I keep my keys (and the original door knob that locked me out this summer). Sean says he did such a good job on his homework that he earned a star!
I didn't start getting homework until I was 11 and joined the comprehensive school (ages 11-18, where education ends at 16 and 16-18 is only for college prep).
My small niece (6) gets homework, too.
I think it's a change for the worse, and takes away from kids being kids, but I'm glad you got Sean excited about it. Here's wishing you the continuaton of excitement. :)"
That's great that he did such a great job.. and that he earned a star.. and that he's excited about homework. Keep it up and he can be anything he wants. "