Ok, I just yesterday had to help the girls with their math homework. 4 pages of math homework sent home on a Friday due on Monday for first graders.
Ok, the first page, question 1, shows a kid on the sixth step. and another kid on the top of another set of steps:
If Craig goes up four steps he will be on the tenth step, what step is he on?
If Dolly goes down three steps, she will be on the sevent step, what step is she on.
Question 2: 4 rabbits mark them a, b, c, and d.
Rabbit A is 4th from the right.
Rabbit B is next to Rabbit A.
Rabbit D is between Rabbit B and C.
Question 3: Put the pictures in the proper sequence using ordinal numbers:
There are five pictures of a worm being famished, finding an apple, eating and finishing the apple.
Ordinal numbers?!? What they heck???
Question 4, shows a circle, square, and rectangle. It tells you that a kid makes the pattern, circle, square, rectangle. Then it says, continue the pattern, what shape would be 10th from the Left.
That was just math. They also had to read a Christmas book and write down Christmas words on a drawing of a Christmas tree, and color the drawing, and read the books for their daily tests.
Also, if they miss just one part of one question on the math homework, that whole question would be wrong. They will get a D or an F for a minor mistake.
Now I am not saying the teacher is crappy, in fact, I figure she must be pretty good, because most of the papers the kids do, are done in class. But all that school work for first graders, on a weekend in December is wow. I don't remember having homework in the first grade. And we did learn to read in kindergarten back then. I think that it is designed to ensure the parents teach their kids this stuff.
When my dad was a kid, teachers didn't even want parents to teach their kids to read.
When I was a kid, teachers expected to do all the teaching in class, and homework was really not given until 3rd grade.
My mother never, not once, helped us with homework. She wouldn't read a paper or project either. I really have to say, that anything I ever turned in was my own work, because my parents opinion on that was that the teachers wouldn't give us anything that we couldn't do on our own. We would be so screwed nowadays, when it seems that teachers expect so much from parents.
We also got progress reports with listings of sastisfactory and needs improvement and unsatisfactory. And we were graded on subjects, and then graded on parts within subjects, and also graded on behavior -- works well with others, uses time wisely, and all that shtuff.
Things are way different these days I guess.
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