Join Date: May 2002
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My dd attends a private language immersion school. It's one-way immersion, so the kids speak either French or Spanish all day long. Dd's been there now for 3 years, now in Kindy, so she's fluent at her age appropriate level.
Dd got her first homework ever this past Friday. It's due this coming Thursday. The project is for the kids to put together a presentation (with posterboard) in their target language on a planet or other body of space. Dd has Venus. We (together) found some pictures on the net, printed them out, she cut and pasted them on a poster, and I used Wiki Spanish to get about 1/2 a dozen easy facts on Venus. I helped her memorize them, and printed out some of the facts for her to copy onto the poster.
Yesterday, my dh was talking with another father, and when dh mentioned something about helping dd with her project (these kids are 5, mind you), the father said, "The kids should be doing this all by themselves."
Am I right to think that a kid of 5 shouldn't be expected to find websites on their own, understand what the facts are, print, and put together their own 2 minute presentation? I mean kids need help at this age, yeah? And to do it all in 5 days? The school is highly academic, and yes, there are a lot of smart kids, but I wonder if my expectations are off concerning how much help kids need at this age.