less is more? blahonga.
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Mon Sep 17 22:18:34 CEST 2007
Today I sat down for the second time with Gentan, doing his home-
work together. When I first heard that my son would get homework
assignments I was a little sceptical; after all, isn't it a lit-
tle early for homework? I was thinking of his tender age, and
that I could not remember me getting homework till much later,
perhaps when I was six or so.
I realized quickly that my worrying was quite unfounded- the lev-
el of the homework was perfect for him, and neither was it manda-
tory like it is for older children- thereby avoiding the stress
factor. Instead, both Gentan and I found it really fun. He got
the opportunity to surprise me with how much he knew, and I got
the satisfaction of just being with him, watching him concentrate
on a problem.
Just as a note: the homework consisted of three parts-
- phonics(1): associate letters and their sounds with
the pronounciation of the first syllable of the sounds of
common objects. e.g. S -> snake, I->igloo.
- phonics(2): given a list of simple words on flash cards,
figure out the sound of the first letter. e.g. the first
sound of the word 'pig' is pə
- numbers: Given a series of numbers printed on a sheet
of paper, fill in the missing numbers.
e.g. (1,2,blank,blank,5) or (4,blank,blank,7,8).