Since joining Year 3 my daughter has had oodles of homework. We’ve gone from sporadic, optional homework in year 2 to what seems to be a barrage in year 3, and I’m really impressed at how Mademoiselle is dealing with it all.
Homework has crept into our every day, which is sometimes a shame as there are days when the children just want to come home and do nothing. No playdates, no TV. They’re so tired they just want some imaginative play between the two of them which involves Barbie, some cars, Batman and a pile of Lego! *the world of a 7yro girl & 4yr old boy colliding!*
But at the back of my mind I’m aware of the homework pile creeping up. There’s a weekly project which is due every Thursday, maths every Tuesday, ongoing reading which if done delivers the child a House Point and ongoing online maths sheets. I seem to have turned into Homework Mom constantly ‘reminding’ that deadlines are looking. It’s not fair, when did I sign up to be the No-Fun-Parent?
It’s taken Mademoiselle a while to get into her stride with her homework, having been used to coming home and having a free choice. The reading is never a chore as we do this every evening anyway, but the other tasks have sometimes been challenging.
We set aside Sunday morning to do her big homework project, and Little Mister is required to do some of his writing practise – or more general pen practise – but it’s not always easy!
Then once she starts the creative flood gates open & Mademoiselle becomes resolute about completing the task. She has ideas to add and embellish, which are great in principle, but in reality means homework time creeps into her weekday evenings.
Recently her homework was to draw a pre-historic animal in its pre-historic setting. Here it is:
Homework : The Woolly Mammal
This picture started as a sketch, then research took place around a Woolly Mammoth, her chosen animal. After googling this – and this task in itself takes a while – her imagination grew! She wanted to add wolves, deer and Smilodon as they were often found around waterholes, and the background had to be authentic and include wheat and barley fields. Oh, and just as I thought we’d finished on Wednesday evening, whilst lying in bed, she said “Mummy, in the morning I want to make my Woolly Mammoth 3D”.
And she did.
Early that morning she cut out two pieces of paper, folding them concertina style and made her animal ‘pop out’ from the page.
She has never been one to compromise, and this is coming through in her homework, which I applaud wholeheartedly. But it sometimes works to her detriment and adds to my frustration. I can see she’s running out of time with all the extras she wants to do but I want her to have more downtime, but I don’t want to curb that enthusiasm … where does it stop?
Homework should take an hour, not days. She strongly and doggedly knows her own mind, and at seven-and-three-quarters that’s part of her character and make up.
I’m super proud of her work and praise from her teachers is clearly spurring her on. I adore her spirit and no-compromise approach. I only hope this doesn’t lead to her putting undue pressure on herself, minimising her enthusiasm for learning.
I’m super proud of you, Mademoiselle, just don’t let that shiny star burn out too soon.
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I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.