Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sep21_Writing

Yet again I didn’t manage to do any art projects at home – Anna was not at all interested. Ironically, she was quite keen on doing more homework than she was given instead. It seems that a lot of her crankiness last week was related to a virus that caused a couple of days of sniffles for her. We, her parents, are struggling with her kindergarten life more than she does. My main struggles come when I look at her output from the previous week that is being sent home on Monday and ask myself if this is a colossal waste of time for her. But on the other hand, I do see positive changes in her – especially in her desire to write. I spent a lot of time trying to coax her to use lowercase letters in writing without any results. Well, apparently it was explained to her in school that uppercase writing is no longer cool, so Anna is putting forward a lot more effort learning to form lowercase letters properly, and it’s exciting to see her progress. It’s also good for her to be in the classroom with the kids who can write – she told me that when her teacher had asked the first graders to write three sentences about leaves (kinders needed to write one sentence), one girl wrote the whole poem instead. Mrs J read it to the class and placed it on her “favorite authors” shelf where she keeps the best works of her students. Now Anna has a new aspiration to write a book of fun poems, rhymes and songs, written and illustrated by Anna. I am glad to see that she is challenged and growing in something even though I am still racking my brains wondering how she could progress in math at all with the curriculum she has.

11 comments:

Christy said...

It sounds like she is doing well and you are struggling with the doubts and worries that every parent of a school age child deals with. I'm always worried about the curriculum, homework, reading levels, etc - it never phases my kids though.

Debbie said...

I agree totally with Christy. Those things use to drive me crazy with my children. I constantly worried about homework, curriculum, etc. Not pushing anything here, but these were things I just didn't want to deal with again. I knew that from the moment Selena was born, I just wasn't going to deal with the stress I had from the public schools.

Glad to hear that Anna is doing so well. She truly is an inspiration with that will power she has.

Joyful Learner said...

It's hard to please everyone in a large class. What's wrong with the math curriculum? It's great that peer pressure is motivating Anna. I worry that K will be too competitive in school and miss the point of why she's there. Just recently, K said she wanted a trophy when she saw one at the Chinese school. I try to focus on the learning process rather than the reward but maybe that trophy was just very shiny. She loves shiny things like jewelry, crystals, etc. We are no longer part of that Chinese school for various reasons so no more worries there. It's hard to back off when you care so much about the details.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

C ended up having a cold like Anna, which explained some of her whining, too. :)

Amanda said...

My daughter had a virus this week too. I can relate to your worries about curriculum, it is a constant struggle for me as well. Sounds like Anna has a great aspiration with her book of poems, songs, and rhymes, that is great!

Ticia said...

Cant wait to read her book

Kim said...

So glad school is encouraging her to write! Crumpet is going to a playgroup one morning a week where there is some school stuff, and some play time. He came home after the first day, excited to write his name and practice letters, because everyone else was doing it... Sometimes, peer pressure can be good I guess!

Julie said...

I think the writing is a good example of how more advanced kids are able to learn and expand in school. As far as the math goes, not sure what to tell you. I had that issue with C as well. But honestly, he just didn't learn anything new in K for math and that's that. Between K and 1st he taught himself multiplication for fun. Then he went back to 1st and continued with adding and subtracting. Sometimes he complains about math being boring but it doesn't seem to bother him much.

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

I'm sorry you're having to struggle with mixed feelings in regards to Anna's school time. I hope it gets better. It does sound like she's doing well overall.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I am also wondering if Kiddo will be challenged in math. It's on my list for parent teacher conferences, but also someone told me they think the teachers are spending the first few weeks getting to know the children's levels. However, the standard math curriculum is way to easy for Kiddo.

MaryAnne said...

I know what you mean with the math. So far, Emma seems to do letters and their sounds (all of which she knows, and has since before her second birthday) and ZERO math. No counting, no shapes, nothing.