Year 4 is no joke. There really isn’t any way around it, their curriculum is tough shit. I noticed this right away during the first week of school when some of the math my son was sent home to complete made me question how I actually graduated high school. And things only got more complicated after that.
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I get that it’s a testing year, but the amount of homework my son was sent home with each night was straight up sad. To top it off, because my husband works late, I was left by myself every evening to tend to our newborn and help our son conquer his homework. (Translation: our weeknight evenings started to look like they’d been stocked by scenes pulled from a horror movie.) I was quickly getting to a place of being completely “over it,” and so was our son.
But beyond the “over it” component, I felt nothing but sadness for our little guy. Out the door each morning by 6:50 am, returning home at 5:15 pm, and then two hours of homework each night… that schedule just wasn’t fair, in my opinion. When was he supposed to unwind?
We already could only do weekend sports because of his gruelling charter school schedule. When was he supposed to relax? Fortunately for me, I had wine. But my 8 year old - he doesn’t have the tools that adults do to manage stress while he’s pretty much working a full time schedule.
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Then the notes started. Apparently some of his homework was being skipped or not completed, he was talking out here and there in class, and his behaviour was going from great to not-so-great. I even got a note about the teacher complaining that he needed “redirecting” during class. What was I overlooking? It looked to me like everything was getting done each night. We were working on it for at least two hours, after all.
I thought to myself, “No shit. He’ll probably need re-directing until he’s well into adulthood. What do you expect when you sign up to teach a bunch of 8-year-olds?”