....and then I was shocked to see the "journaling" this kid in 3 year old preschool did! (Granted, he could be newly 4...Raya is a younger child in her class since she's a May birthday.) But anyways, this classmate theoretically cut out a square, circle, etc. with near perfection and then it was collaged with his supposed drawing of a monkey---which let it be known is better than I could draw haha.
I'll go on the record as saying perhaps the parents chose to help and thought nothing of it. Or perhaps this child is a really great artist! But Lee's initial reaction was, "his parents did his homework" ...and I must say, I smell a Cheaty McCheatsters on this first ever "homework" project lol. And so it begins.....
Anyways, this is obviously a means nothing lighthearted "assignment" so I just wrote in the journal that Raya hated the monkey and her little sister played with it (the truth! haha) and then I told Raya to draw a picture of her and the monkey---and I didn't help at all.
So let's compare....Child #1's collage:
|Raya can cut a line...she can in no way cut a circle like that. But the real thing that gets me is the detailed face and how the arms are positioned realistically on the monkey...and the careful coloring! Three years old? Hmm...... ;-)|
I'm looking into remedial monkey drawing instruction---don't worry, I'm on top of this! :-)
(And in case Child #1's parents stumble across my blog, this is all in good fun haha. Obviously I don't really care what goes in a 3 year old preschool traveling notebook. But I just think that when Child #3 gets this notebook and his/her parents flip through page 1 and then page 2, they will be completely confused about where to go from there with their own page LOL.)
So what does everyone think? Have any fun "parents did the homework" stories to share? (I still remember when I was in 4th grade there was a solar system project and parents got really involved in it. I did mine myself pretty much, but with a lot of parental guidance....but some parents were using power tools to construct fancy orbiting models etc and were obviously parent projects....and in the end the teacher picked a student who had glued some circles (aka planets) to a shoebox to create his solar systerm as the class "winner"....because she said she could tell he had done it all by himself!) There is definitely a fine line to walk between being supportive of your child's education and being *too* involved. I'm not sure yet what I'll do when the kids are older---I do know it'll kill me to see math problems solved incorrectly for example and not tell them to fix it! But I think that's ok right? As long as they fix it themselves? haha
And now a few random photos from today of the girls playing in a cardboard box....ya know, because we don't have any real toys or anything ;-)