School Concerns - confessions of a worried mum
The changes were prompted by my concern for Biggie this week. He's having a hard time with his school work. He's just started in the third grade and has a new teacher. Either the third grade curriculum requirements or perhaps his strict teacher, is piling on the homework. Poor Biggie is used to getting his homework done in a few minutes, half an hour tops. This week it's been taking much longer. There have been tears shed - very unlike Biggie.
Third Graders also have an extra hour of school twice a week. Biggie is getting home from school at ten past four - we only live a five minute walk away. With our early-to-bed routine he practically has to walk in the door and get started on his homework.
So with all this stress in mind I have decided to adopt some new routines myself. First off we are reserving a half hour slot in the morning for unfinished homework or extra reading time. To facilitate this I am laying Biggie's clothes out the night before - something I have not done for years. Staying up late just isn't an option for Biggie, he really needs his nine hours of sleep and is an early riser by nature.
Little Guy is on evening kitchen duty so that Biggie has some undisturbed time to do his school work or just 'hang' without his pesky brother. Little Guy is LOVIN' the potato peeler and is consuming record amounts of carrot sticks - a big plus!
Food is on my mind, namely making sure Biggie is eating enough brain fuelling food. I feel like I have to put on my "pinny" and have milk and cookies ready after school. Really I am making sure we have good hearty meals and healthy snacks available. Mr. Mee a Bee is in charge of breakfast and is adding some extras to the menu to get Biggie through the long morning. A hot lunch is provided at school so that is a relief.
I've moved Biggie's desk away from this bed and bought him the shelf pictured above to use as a bedside table. He loves to draw and write encoded notes. He's also fond of cutting up magazines and making collages. His desk is normally cluttered with junk - oops I mean his art projects. To me it's hard to concentrate when you can't even find a place to set down your notebook. So his desk is now clear and organised for (mainly) school work. His bedside area is cool for CHILLIN' with his favourite books, his box of CDs and his stereo.
I still can't believe we are having these worries when Biggie is actually only EIGHT years old. I think homework nightmares and scary teachers should be the domain of high school or at the earliest middle school, don't you? I'm just hoping this is a settling down period as the teacher tries to gauge the abilities of his class.
This is one of the books I am encouraging Biggie to (re)read this week: I Feel Sad
The shelf is from my local Nitori - 3900 yen (about US$40.00) It's particle board but still a nice heavy weight and seems solid. I've seem similar ones in the Ikea catalogue too.