Again I am not sure if this should be posted as it is a bit of a rant. Unfortunatly I had not the forsight to make myself more anonamous so that on occasions such as these I could hide from the consiquences. But No, I had to use my first name and post pictures of my lovely children (They are lovely aren’t they.) and thus making myself and possibly my children suseptable to backlashes.
My two older tweedles are in school. They love their teachers and have some really great friends. That being said I think my school is lacking. My children have at least 1/2 hour of homework to do everynight (or what the teacher assumes would be 1/2 hour). Then on top of that my son are supposed to read for twenty minutes. Then there is my second son who is having issues (doesn’t do his work at school) so now that he is so far behind we are doing his daily schoolwook (mostly math) at home as well. Then there is the homework my oldest teacher has assigned to me. Apparently she thinks that we don’t talk enough so now we are to do “Reflections”. Tweedle D is given a topic to write about, then he brings it home for me to read and I have to write my own childhood experiences concerning that topic. Like I don’t have enough to do already. There are some nights we don’t get to bed before 9:00pm and we are still behind. Keeping in mind that my kids need to be in bed by 8:00pm at the latest or they are bears the next day.
Yesterday Tweedle D had a math test. They sent home study sheets for them to do. We had a week to “practice” He wasn’t getting any of it. He did the homework but when I looked back the homework was just busy work. They weren’t applying principles. Plus the study sheet was using terms that they hadn’t used in the homework so it was like doing a months worth of math in a week because he had to learn all of the new terms. It’s not that I didn’t know what I was doing. I did. I just don’t think that I should have to teach concepts that should be taught already. Granted my son chats and may have missed the in class examples but I have been told that if the teacher doen’t have enough time to go over certain principles it is now my responsibility to teach those at home. I don’t have a teaching degree. (I almost did but I switched) and I wonder with all the time I spend “teaching” them at home, if I shouldn’t be doing home schooling. I’m already pretty much doing it with Tweedle E as he doesn’t get anything done in class.
Now I know teachers have it rough (well some of them do) They have umpteen children under their care with varing backgrounds and abilities. Some kids have issues greater than Tweedle E’s but I get so crazy when they have so much homework that there isn’t time for them to be children. I really don’t know how other families can have their kids in piano, hockey, soccer, tennis and still get their homework done. The thing is the kids in 3rd grade and up are “punished” if they don’t get their homwork done regardless of wether they undestand it or not. Heaven forbid if parents have other commitments that require their time because those kids will loose an opportunity to participate in a fun reward.
I’m not about to pull my kids out of school just yet, but I don’t want to let this slide either. Parent teacher confrences are comming up and I need to be my children’s advocate but I don’t know how to tactfully say this is too much. My kids are going to hate school before they are even out of elementry. Basically thay are being graded on wether or not I have the time to help them get their homework done.