This has been a hard week . I think the novelty of kindergarten is wearing thin for all of us. Anna was coming home exhausted and cranky, and I have been exhausted and cranky too due to many things happening at work. I guess I am not taking too well to both my colleagues and my daughter not listening to me at the same time :)
So here comes my first rant about school – the amount of homework my daughter brought home this week. It comes home on Monday afternoon since she is in the afterschool on Monday and due back on Friday morning. I don’t mind reading homework (even though injunctions to read an assigned book for at least 4 times are a bit insulting), but 10 pages of math? In kindergarten? Seriously?
To my daughter’s credit, she attacked her homework with great enthusiasm and completed it within 20 minutes. However, her father who reviewed her work, was less than thrilled to discover how many mistakes she did in something that we know she understands perfectly well. I believe the mistakes are due to the repetitive nature of tasks – a true “drill to kill” exercise even though some pages were supposedly “enrichment” pages. I think she would have done better if she got only enrichment part without “practice” part. I guess this is something to be discussed during our parent-teacher meet up in November.
Do your kindergarteners get homework? How much? What do you think of homework in kindergarten? Any ideas on how to get a 5 year old to slow down and actually pay attention?