I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today. Life is good today.
– Zac Brown Band
Looked down at the paper and the letter “A’s” were traced, but not written in free hand.
I knew even at 4 years old and in pre-school they need to be not just traced, but written in her own handwriting, too.
My mom told me that Lily (yes she is that child) was giving her a hard time doing her pre-school homework of simply tracing and writing her letter “A” on the homework paper that day.
See in her pre-school, they have already completed the numbers 1-20 in numerals and in words before the Christmas break, now they are beginning the alphabet.
Of course, I was trying to get a few jobs done after she came home from school as it is the first week back after the holiday break. So grandma, very generously, offered to help (thank god for my mom). While doing homework with my mom, Lily decided that she was going to give her a run for her money with complaining and fighting it tooth and nail. My mom usually gives it just as good as Lily can right back at her, but this day my mom just had enough.
So, instead of fighting her, we both decided to one and for all send her into school with it half done. I made sure to tell her teacher right in front of Lily why it was only half done. I pretty much threw her under the bus, but my reasoning was simple. I am truly tired of battling her on homework. Yes, she is only 4, but nowadays this is the way it is.
She will be getting registered for kindergarten in a mere month from now (filling out paperwork as we speak) and in kindergarten not only do they have to write the alphabet letters, but also words and simple sentences/phrases, too (I am a pro having Emma in kindergarten right now).
Sad, but true that at 4 years old, I have to have her be accountable for such stuff, but still I do.
It was only a year ago, I registered Emma for kindergarten, but Emma never gave me this kind of fight when it came to homework. She would come home from pre-school begging to homework. I kid you not!
Even now, Emma gets a homework packet at the beginning of the week for Kindergarten, which includes the week’s homework. She comes home on Monday and wants to get it done. If I left it up to her, she would do the whole week’s work in one night. I try my best to help pace her, but still she loves to learn and actually thrives on it.
Not Lily, who will come up with every excuse in the book, including and not limited to just being plain tired or bored or even telling me, “Lily isn’t home right now, leave a message after the beep!”
Each afternoon, I prepare myself for the battle, but like I say this day I just had enough and told myself maybe I should take a different approach.
Thus, the tattle tailing of my 4 year old to her teacher.
I love her teacher, who right away told me she’d handle it.
When I picked Lily up two and half hours later, the homework was done and was told when questioned, Lily used the excuse that I don’t let her use a marker, but make her use a pencil!
God love this kid, she has an answer for everything.
Well, her teacher told her kindly, but firmly that she needs to homework no matter what instrument her mother tells her to use. She specifically said, “Just listen to your mom and if she says use a pencil, use a pencil.”
I can honestly say I very much do love that her teacher and I were on the same page with this. Definitely nice to have a bit of backup on this, as this mom is just tired. By the way, in kindergarten they do very much use a pencil, especially if they need to erase if they make a mistake. So, the pencil over a marker in our house is the rule of thumb, because of this.
But again, we have only been back to school for a week or so since the 2 long weeks off, but now more then ever dreaming of summer vacation or a place without homework right now.
Hey, I can dream even if it is only January and we just had our first snow storm a few days ago, as well as a second one on Friday, too!