Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



beck's picture beck

Pomegranates! I'll have to remember to get one for my kids sometime soon, and we can eat it on the front porch before the winter comes. Nice.
I really resent the vast amounts of homework that The Boy gets - he's SIX!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I was just talking this morning with a colleague about the unreasonable expectation leveled at kindergarteners! They are only FIVE for heaven's sake--why start so early with the piles of homework and the unreasonable expectations?

mouse's picture mouse

Scooter's kindergarten teacher sent home an alphabet homework book. 1 letter a week, mostly tracing letters and then picking one of three suggested activities. But he also told us to use the homework as we see fit. He doesn't care whether we do all, some, or none. This is nice, especially for weeks like last week when I wasn't home or when Scooter comes up with a letter-themed activity that isn't actually one of the options.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

We do have it in his IEP that he has to complete only 80% of the homework and classwork as well. I think she got fed up with him because he wasn't doing any of it. Sigh. We have a meeting on Wednesday, so maybe we can work some things out.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Look how big that fruit looks, in your T's tiny hands. I agree with you on the passing on of traditions. I felt that way roasting the pumpkin seeds yesterday. Although I'm pretty sure I don't remember mom drying them out with a hair dryer, so we really do find our own modern twists, don't we? ;-)
Here's hoping L makes up his mind to get some work done at school this week and saves the inspired thoughts and inventions for home. That would be a much easier road for you all, if he would just choose it! I hope you all have a better week.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Just catching up on the comments. I hope that your meeting goes well too! It's going to be up to his teacher to find some motivation for him. I hope she comes prepared with some ideas? Maybe L would have some ideas too, something reinforcing to reward work completed? She's going to have to provide some sort of structure or framework for him to work within, if he's going to have any buy in at all.
And kindergarten homework - we get one sheet a week. A letter worksheet to complete. Starting this week, B will also bring home a book on Thursday to read to us and bring back on Friday. In our district, I think they are just trying to keep families involved with the learning, since parents are such a crucial link (and sadly often missing) to a child's success in the classroom. Obviously your family does everything possible to support L's education. Some parents just stop paying attention, or never did. :-(

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It was an exceptionally large pomegranate! It fed all of us...:)

Maybe our school district is just extra demanding as far as worksheets goes. All the complaints I hear come from local parents. I don't think the homework B. has, or Scooter, for that matter, seems unreasonable at all.

Berry Bird's picture Berry Bird

Mmm, pomegranates! They were a tradition in my family growing up, too. But we never added sugar or brandy or even put them in a bowl -- we just split the whole fruit into pieces with each of getting a section to work at. I think the sharing was the most important part. Have you ever tried eating a pomegranate alone? It's nowhere near so much fun.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

You're so right! I can't imagine sitting down and eating one by myself. I think the sharing part is critical--that's what makes it such a great tradition.

paintedmaypole's picture paintedmaypole

oh, that looks yummy.

I'm sorry you had such a rough week, and likely weekend of doling out promises. it's a small gift indeed, but here... I created an account so I could comment here for you ;)