As far as I can tell, this was an art project that took place over more than one day. DS does tend toward dawdling, losing focus, etc. But, handwriting, drawing, etc. are not a strength. He is also very much a perfectionist. When you put these factors together....it just doesn't work out well. So, I see the teacher saying, of you aren't finished with the assignment then it needs to be done on your free time-I get it that that works for some kids, even if I don't like it.
The problem is that I don't think it works for my child. He's very stubborn, very, very, smart, and he will make a game of it. Tonight he told me that he made a pretend story that he had forgotten outdoor clothing, so that's why he was staying inside at recess. So, he finished the work, but I am not clear that the intended message made it through.
I also hear this idea of losing recess floating around at other times, ie, if he doesn't start putting more care into his printed work he'll have to spend recess indoors fixing it. OK, again, on the one hand, yes, a way to motivate. On the other, the reality is a 1st grader who spends an entire day without physical outlet-I don't think that's going to work either. I'd rather have the work sent home to do afterschool than lose recess.
And, this is the final piece...this is seatwork type work. I have a boy who loves movement, and is academically extremely strong. I don't want to lose the piece of my ds that is excited about learning, and has enormous potential, over issues like this. I could see it happen-I could see where this type of situation could become a battle of wills and very frustrating.
Just venting here, I guess.
ETA: I have no problem talking about this w/the school. It is generally a very supportive and caring atmosphere, and we have a strong relationship there.