Lately the joy of having my two older daughters home with me has been overshadowed by the dread of getting my oldest's homework done.
Isn't that crazy?
She's not in high school or even middle school, she's in third grade. She just turned eight last month. Wtf?!
Although you'd think the situation would have me switching teachers, or schools, or something, I'm actually torn.
Could it be good for her?
My take on homework is that it should be useful, not busywork, and that it should not take so long that the poor kid has no time for recreation or sports or outside play.
Her homework, however, is taking about two hours a night, and school doesn't let out until 4 PM.
I thought it was just my daughter that was spending so much time on the cursed homework, as she is a slow worker, but back-to-school night proved me wrong. Most parents' chief concern was the homework load.
The teacher's reply? Two hours sounds about right. Two languages, twice the homework was pretty much her retort.
And although it makes sense to me that it does take more (effort, time) to learn both English and Spanish, no one ever mentioned that the workload would be double!! No hint of this during the kindergarten tour or orientation. Nothing. Nada.
But as this is my daughter's fourth year in this program, we're pretty vested.
Although her teacher is demanding, she is one of the very best at the school, and this is her 42nd year of teaching; surely she knows more about educating children than I do.
Could the heavy workload and high expectations be good for my daughter? The teacher's insistence on organization and personal responsibility lessons that will see her through not just third grade but through life?
Is this just what my daughter needs? Or is it unnecessary family torture? A foundation for all later academic work, or the year she learns to hate school?
One thing's for certain, when I retire in sunny Mexico, or Costa Rica, or the like, I'm never going to misplace the accents on palabras graves.