Friday, October 17, 2008

School Days

So, it's been a long week and yet it was only four days. What do I mean? Well, we only had four days of school this week and yet it feels like we've been through the ringer. Don't get me wrong, I love my children's school, it's examplary and Blue Ribbon. What's bugging me at the moment is the amount of homework they bring home. Maybe it's because they are both in the same grade, fifth, or maybe it's because they really do have a lot of homework! All I know is when they have homework, I have homework and I'm ready for a vacation from it.

We've been studying states and capitals for the last few weeks. Can you remember when you were memorizing the states and capitals? It's been so long that I had to dust off my atlas and pull out a map of the US. Sorry, I couldn't remember the capital of Nebraska or Michigan. Anyway, imagine my surprise when my daughter Kayla tells me today that she got a whopping 21 on her states and capitals test. Yup, all that studying really helped. Argh!@

I couldn't believe it and asked her to pull out her test...sure enough 21. I then pulled out Zach's notebook and since they are in the same grade started looking for the same test. I kept thinking something was wrong, maybe it was a mistake...Nope sure enough he had the same test but for some reason he got a 94. None of this made any sense to me and I started to question Kayla. I was feeling really bad for her because I was thinking she was being unfairly treated.

Well, it turns out that two weeks ago her teacher announced that it wasn't enough to just know the states and capitals, they had to put them on the map. Hmmm, that would have been good to know. So guess we get to study them in a whole new way. I just hope we do it right this time. And for the record, I'm going to make sure in the future that we know what we are supposed to be doing before we do it wrong.

1 comment:

Amy said...

We did states and capitals last year and had the same problem putting them on the map....big fat F!!! Yea, it's Friday!