Lately, I have been doing a lot of whining and complaining about how much work Kindergarten is for those of us residing at Casa de Mann. Some people may think I am overreacting, as I have been known to do from time to time, but, please allow me to give you a run down of our evening activities, so you can judge for yourself...
Check through Daily Folder, reviewing graded work and other directives.
Phonics sheet front - identify pictures with the sounds...
...and back, which includes writing practice.
And good luck in always knowing what the pictures mean! I thought it was a "barrel" - who knew Kindergarteners would have "keg" assignments!
Math concepts sheet front...
(Could you give them something easier to draw patterns of please? Seriously, a kindergartener drawing these tiny detailed forks and such? Bah!)
...and back! We didn't do well on this one as I couldn't decipher the directions. (Please remember I have both Masters and Specialist degrees in education - which I say only to embarass myself further!)
There were way more counters than blocks on the graph, and they were colored on both sides, so the number was arbitrary. ???? Whatever!
On to the computer for keyboarding practice...
(Which you need to achieve a 90% on to receive credit for the term, and to be able to play games with the other children instead of sitting and practicing your typing during computer lab time.)
...and skills practice!
(I can't even remember the requirements for this one. I suppose I had better get on that!)
Then, they have to read their weekly assigned reading practice book to you...
...and their Library/Accelereated Reader book!
(Which you have to be ready for a test on every Thursday, and need and average of 85% or above on cummulatively for the term.)
And don't forget to record all of those readings on your Reading Log along with additional books as you are trying to become a "Millionaire" in the "Millionaire Club" by reading one million words.
(and because you get a piece of candy for each reading log you turn in!)
And if school work wasn't enough, are you collecting your box tops?
(Because the winning class gets a pizza party!)
And selling your Raffle Tickets?
(Because you get an ice cream when you do!)
So what do you think? Am I just being a whiner, or is this really all TOO much? Especially when I hear from friends in a school across town that their kids are tracing their names and practicing their letters for homework?!
Some people in our town complain about the accolades B's school receives because it is a total magnet. They say that when you have the cream of the crop it is easy to do well. Let me just assure you, these kids may be smart, but they are WORKING for everything they get. The teachers are working, the kids are working, the parents are working..we all are working!
Brought to you by the letter T, joining Mrs. Jenny for Alphabe-Thursday!