This post may sound like a back-handed compliment. It isn't meant that way, I just need to put some things in perspective. My daughter is bright. Her teacher said as much at the last conference; her report card has backed this up, and six years have showed me that Stella has always been on the whipper-snapper side of the learning curve. She likes school, she likes worksheets, she likes math problems, she likes to write stories. School was made for little girls like Stella.
So, this is where my post begins. This kid has too much homework. She gets home around 4 on normal days and at 5 on the two days she has after school activities. She is expected to do a math story problem which involves reading the problem, drawing it out, answering several questions. Then she must write a poem or a story using this week's vocabulary words, and THEN she has to read a book that would take me 20 minutes to read aloud. It takes her at least 30 minutes to read it aloud, and then she has to write "four fun facts" about the story. Finally, she is supposed to read aloud at least 20, but preferably 40, minutes a night to me.
|Story math problem, drawn out, and then answered.|
|Boring book about America's National Landmarks. 4 Fun Facts Answered.|
|Story written using vocab words, illustrated, words then copied three times each.|
|Out loud reading for at least 20 minutes, preferably 30.|
So the girl gets home around 4, works for a hour, eats dinner at 5:30, goes back to work until 6:30, reads aloud until 7 and goes to sleep.
Do you see a problem here?
This SIX year old has no minutes of down time. Zero. She isn't wiggly, she focuses well, she is an easy kid, it is taking us all night to get her homework done and she is not wasting time goofing around. I can't imagine how a kid who is wiggly is managing.
I used to love the days of my sweet Stella bouncing back from school only to create her latest project and then she would whip up a slipper that she made of paper and stapled herself, or a number pad she drew that had to be pressed to enter into her room.
She doesn't get to do that anymore and I miss it, I miss her, and I question the usefulness of this much homework. One thing, sure I can work with the kid for 30 minutes. But four things, taking her over two hours to accomplish, and she is ahead of her grade in reading?!? Is this reasonable? Is this normal? What do I do?