When we started the school year, the homework was nice and light. Once the kids were in their routine, Isabella’s teacher started gradually adding to the weekly homework assignments. First we had math facts – a great way to get the kids up to speed on their addition. Isabella really resisted at first, but as time passes, she is beginning to almost look forward to it when she gets home from school.
This of course is a huge departure from the first few math fact assignments. We just could not get her to take her homework seriously – or even focus on the assignment. Keith has been extremely patient with her and has managed to chip away, slowly but surely at her resistance. She even exceeds her daily goals from time to time.
Her spelling homework is actually enjoyable, it is so much fun to see her learning and using the words in her own sentences. I don’t run the other way when it’s time for spelling. I feel the same way about reading.
However, I really do not enjoy her Study Island homework. I can’t tell her that of course. But we had a bit of a struggle with Study Island at first, but I think it is getting easier (on us) and her as time marches forward. I find it a bit confusing as to what they are really asking her to answer – and since we do not know what she is learning on a daily basis in her classroom, we have no idea if the questions in Study Island relate to her studies. I guess I will learn all of this at our first parent/teacher conference next week.
The one thing that Isabella was struggling with was her random guessing. Study Island asks a question and there are three answers. Unfortunately, she just reacts sometimes and picks without giving it any thought. The bad part is that there are no second chances, once you click and answer and it’s wrong, it stays wrong.
The concept of taking your time, thinking things through and making the best possible choice has been a common thread each and every time it is time to do Study Island. The good news is that I believe she is grasping the concept.
Isabella has really done a 180 with the homework. All I can think of is that if she gets off on the right track with good habits – they will stay with her forever.
Coming from someone that has the worst study habits in the world, good habits can only make her life easier as her studies move on. I’m just so glad that Keith has the patience of a saint – her new and improved study habits are a direct result of his patience – definitely not mine!
Patience is a virtue – that’s what I tell my kids daily – sometimes I need to follow my own advice!