Oh Nothing. Just Parenting.
Kyle has a crap ton of homework, and not because his second grade teacher piled it on him in much the same way that other teachers seem to do in other classes or in other schools. It’s not because it’s too much for him, either. Some kids need a good long time to do their homework. Kyle usually breezes through his homework in minutes, taking longer if there is a word game or an interactive exercise on the web assigned.
No, Kyle has this crap ton of homework because he let a few long-term assignments pile up.
He has a book report due January 29. He got the book before winter break, and still isn’t finished reading it. Once he gets through it, he must write a report and draw or reproduce two pictures to illustrate the life of Henry Ford. For this 7-year-old car fanatic, a report about one of the most famous names in automotive history seems like it would be fun, right?
He also has a book group assignment. The book is called Sable, and it is about a dog. It’s not very long. He came home with the book on Friday, the day before a 3-day weekend. He didn’t even crack it open. I realized he had let this one slide only this morning when I opened his folder to put in a field trip permission slip. The assignment is due this Thursday.
Today he was assigned math homework and three exercises in spelling. These are due tomorrow.
I know this is a teaching moment for me as much as it is for Kyle. I know that I should have been more diligent about helping him set goals and reaching them. I did what I thought was necessary, and Kyle has fallen behind.
Tonight I am facilitating his work, keeping him from the TV and handheld gaming device. Earlier, he started to cry and said he was so stressed out from all this homework.
He is seven. I hope that this week serves to cure him of his procrastination tendency forever. The pileup comes mostly from his own slacking off, and some from my failure to provide boundaries. Looks like I need to step that part up.