I'm having some issues with my DD's kindergarten curriculum and I'm not sure if its me and I just don't know what's going on anymore, or if her teacher is really expecting too much from kindergartners.
We get at least 3 sheets of homework every Monday to be returned on Friday. These include things like writing out word families (four sets of six per sheet), writing out numbers 1-100 and circling twos/fives/tens, rhyming words, cross word puzzles etc. We also have a reading log where we are supposed to read 36 pages a day and nearly 100 sight words we are supposed to drill a day.
This weeks homework is what I'm really struggling to understand. DD has to do research on bats and report about them. It is being called a research project and it really is. There are ten questions she has to answer in paragraph form. I'm pretty upset about this. I mean, shes a ^$&*ing kindergartner! She can't read, how is she supposed to answer questions in paragraph form??!! Or am I just overreacting?
Also, DD's teacher is claiming that DD's handwriting is illegible. Now, it really isn't very good, but she's five. She got some basic basic writing in preschool, but her current teacher has NEVER covered writing. They jumped straight into spelling/reading. There were no basics taught. Eighty percent of the time, they don't even use the typical lined tablet paper. The only place tablet paper is used is in their writing journals. Everything else is wide ruled notepads. So on top of the other homework we are supposed to do, we are also supposed to be drilling her daily on writing.
So basically, is this your experience with kindergarten? Or is this asking too much of a kindergarten class? I don't really know what to think right now and any input would be appreciated!
Edited by 3xMama - 11/19/11 at 8:12am