Every Monday, Sean brings home a folder from school with his adorable little homework assignments for the week. Each day he has some small task to do which takes him no more than 10 minutes. I supervise his work, nudge him if he stalls out and then initial it when he has completed the work satisfactorily.
Now I know that some of you are heaving big sighs and thinking, “Homework? In kindergarten? Already?”
I actually think it’s a great idea. Each little assignment is a great exercise in following directions, counting, writing or problem solving and it gives us an opportunity to work on something together and to talk about what went on at school that day. But more importantly, I think it is good practice for the years ahead. Hopefully it will become engrained in his thinking that homework is just what you do after school, right after Meerkat Manor.
Anyway, the assignment for Thursday was to make tally marks. He was supposed to go around the house counting televisions, computers and telephones and use tally marks to total his findings. I explained to him that he would put a line for each item he found up to four and then if he found a fifth item, he would put that line across the four previous lines to make a group of five. After that he would start a new group if he found more than five of any one item.
He argued that point saying that he was supposed to make five lines and then put the sixth line across.
“Well, okay,” I said, “but that’s not how we did it when I was growing up.”
“Well you know mom,” he said, “Things aren’t the same as they used to be.”
Oh great. So it’s come to this and he’s not even six.
“Like we don’t draw water from a well anymore either!” he said to validate his point. “We get it from a bottle!”
We are currently reading the 7th book in the Little House series. Perhaps I should explain to him that Laura Ingalls Wilder was not actually a peer of mine.