Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Homework just for the sake of homework?

The kid hasn't had much homework since starting grade 2.

This week her class was informed that they have to do home reading every night. I don't have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is that the books are nowhere near her reading level. And, according to her, it has to be a book from the classroom library. Not the school library (her school goes to grade eight.)

I realize that this is just the perspective of a 7-year-old. However, earlier this month I had to ask the teacher why the kid wasn't allowed to get two "big kid" books at the library. Kid was being restricted to one "baby" book and one "real" book. That was resolved but I think even the kid is getting annoyed with the uphill battle to get her appropriate reading materials. I get that some kids don't like reading. Mine does like reading. At least she does when she is reading something she is interested in. The adventures of Frog and Toad doesn't do it for she who has read the whole Harry Potter series - solo. She will read nightly regardless of whether her teacher tells her to or not.

Tomorrow is parent-teacher-student conference night. So hopefully everything will be resolved. It seems that it would be wiser for the kid to be reading a book like 39 clues or Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief each week than five early reader books.


  1. and the battles begin ... we had the same battles w sam ... have fun!

  2. It turned out that the kid doesn't listen well. Her teacher told us it was totally okay for her to read "our" books instead.