We are loving Kindergarten. Parker's teacher is terrific. She is kind and inspiring and expects a lot from the children but makes it fun. I do think she is a little excessive with the homework however. This is coming from me who currently thinks it is pretty fun and novel to do homework with Parker even when he is very tired and I can hardly make him hold the pencil let alone try to sound out and write a sentence about a unicorn.
This is our homework packet from last week (remember there was no school Monday because of Labor Day):
Practice writing the letter Uu.
Challenge: Write a sentence for each of the following Uu words: umbrella, uncle, unicorn, United States.
I loved the sentence Parker wanted to write for United States: "President Monson lives in the United States." You can see where he got tired of holding the pencil because the handwriting improves a bit where we are writing together.
Complete math pages 3,4,5 and 6 (these were fast though - like a circle the object that is different kind of thing)
Create an AB pattern using objects in your house, (spoon, napkin, spook, napkin...) Draw a picture of your pattern and describe it with words or sentences.
Practice writing the letter Vv
Draw a picture of 3 different signs that we see in the community. An example would be a stop sign, a railroad crossing sign, a speed limit sign. Be creative and go on a walk with a grown-up and find some signs around your neighborhood.
Challenge: Brainstorm words that rhyme with bug. Try and write a silly rhyming poem about the bug.
Sort shoes at your house. Your categories could be sneakers, sandals, dress shoes. Write down how many of each type of shoe you sorted.
Challenge: Make a horizontal bar graph displaying your shoe information.
Here is Meadow doing her "homework" while we are sorting shoes.
We also have a book list every month and if the kids read 20 books with a parent, they get a prize. That part is not difficult.
Parents of Kindergarten kiddos past and present, do you find this excessive or comparable in your experience?
Parker scored his first goal in a soccer game last Saturday. Here he is celebrating! This is also how we feel when we finish homework. I must say that his writing has improved a lot in a short time though.