Saturday, September 5, 2015
Is This Appropriate for My Kindergartener?
My 5 year old was given this assignment in kindergarten during the first week of school. As you can see from the size of my fingernails, the boxes are very small. My daughter's teacher says on his website that he isn't concerned as to whether or not students complete the grid or make letter strokes correctly; he just wants them to hold a pencil the right way. My daughter is upset she didn't finish. What's your take on this?
I think this task is inappropriate on so many levels. First, a child should learn to write letters perfectly, one at a time. The emphasis should be quality over quantity. Also, I agree that the size is too small, and kindergarteners are typically given lined paper with dashes. I disagree with the idea of giving a child a task that they are not expected to finish. A child should be given tasks which he or she can complete successfully. I see that your child reversed the letter "s" several times and that the teacher didn't correct this. Where was the teacher? Children should not be given work that just keeps them busy.