March 11, 2008

Story Writeup 101

Remember my whining about Tater having to write about a story. Well after 2 hours, he got it done. Here are the results:

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I still have issues about this. Why? Because from what I can gather, most of this is because of the FCAT. They are forcing 5 year olds to work more on writing stories, doing math, and memorizing words than getting to learn to enjoy school. This is the time for them to learn that school can be fun and that learning is fun. Don't get me wrong... Tater can do the work, as you can see... he is not the one having issues... I am. He gets home at 3pm... and has homework. By the time he gets to play... he only has about 1 hour, ding... it is dinner time. Then it is a half hour with dad, and the bedtime routine starts. Repeat daily... now add in this new homework of having to write about a story once a week. Due on Friday. Why? Because you are to read 5 stories and pick your favorite one to write about. Hmmm.. seems I'm ranting. I think that after being in school all day that they kids should be able to unwind for a couple of hours at home. Not one hour or less. Sigh. If I find a solution, I'll let you know... and NO I will NOT homeschool. Trust me, I have enough issues helping him with his homework. I can teach older kids just fine one on one and I will 'homeschool' them somewhat during the summer to keep their skills up. This means I will work with them for about an hour a day for 3 or 4 days. But I want to enjoy my children and doing full time schooling at home will not work for me. I know my limitations. But I will continue to look for other options to help my kids out and the school system. I will be involved. And I am always open to hear other opinions and ideas!

Posted by vw bug at March 11, 2008 05:24 AM | TrackBack

Wow. Is this in kindergarten, VW?

Posted by: Marie at March 11, 2008 07:00 AM

Dade county schools are pushing 7 and 8 year olds like that, too. O.D. reports that the grands have a couple hours of homework a night PLUS some special FCat stuff to do... and it's 10:00p by the time they finish!
The teachers are frantic that the kids score well or it reflects on them and their pay.

I don't know if parochial or other private schools would be better, though... Bou would know.

Posted by: pam at March 11, 2008 08:20 AM

Yes Marie it is Kindergarten in palm beach country. Now Tater is in the more 'advanced' kindergarten but I have a friend who's boy is in 'regular' kindergarten and it is about the same. It is insane. While Tater has to write more and memorize more words, the other boy still has to write and memorize words. An example is that the other boy brings home 5 words a week to memorize and Tater brings home 8 to 12. The fact that they are having to memorize words every f'in week amazes me. They are in KINDERGARTEN. What happen to drawing? Learning all the different colors and how to mix them up to come up with new colors? Where are the fun projects on just learning how to write the letters? Tater was/is at a disadvantage because I sent him to a preschool that did not teach writing. My bad. I kid you not.

Posted by: vw bug at March 11, 2008 08:42 AM