I’m in the midst of the homework game now that my daughter is in kindergarten. I don’t remember having homework as a kindergartner, but I get it. They want to start healthy study habits, discipline, focus and so much more at this early stage. Great! But you know what else this means, don’t you? I have to do homework now. The husband does too, because you better believe this is a chore…errr…a joy that we both get to partake in.
Kindergarten homework is actually kind of fun, though. Among the double-sided pages are all sorts of activities and exercises to complete. Some include tracing her alphabet and writing the letter of the week. She writes her name, brainstorms words that begin with the letter of the week for us to write down, and my absolute favorite part – we get to look through magazines and cut out pictures that start with the letter of the week and paste them to the page. I am a self-professed magazine junkie so this is definitely the highlight for me. The last three weeks I’ve given her my Rachael Ray magazines to peruse for picture possibilities. She’s come up with pictures of m, m, milkshake and r, r, raisins and t, t, taco. I think for this coming week’s homework I’ll switch up the magazine so she can broaden her horizons beyond the world of food.
While my son is still in preschool and does not quite understand the concept of homework, he is also learning self-restraint, focus and discipline. Instead of coming home and watching his allotted half hour of cartoons right away, he knows that his sister has to do her homework before we turn the TV on. Half the time he decides that playing with his dinos or tossing the ball with his Papa is way more fun than a silly cartoon. Score!
This homework game wraps up at the end of the week and she turns her packet in to her teacher to be graded. On Monday, I calmly (on the outside) thumb through the papers in her backpack to see if she got a star, a smiley face, a good job, or an A+. While this is truly her homework and she has to complete it herself, we supervise and help her along by reading the instructions and whatnot. The week that her homework came home with slightly less than the full amount of points I was shocked and hurt and deflated. We missed a tiny portion, but I suppose as tiny as it was, that is part of homework. Reading the directions carefully and following them. It is a good lesson learned for me after all these homework-free years and one to plant early with the kids, even as young as kindergarten, when all she really wants to do is draw pictures of rainbows and hearts. At least in the beginning. I love that she now asks one of us how to spell completely random and seemingly unrelated words like bowtie, turtle and walnut.
I’m not sure what that’s all about but it sounds like the makings of a story I’d love to read.
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