Easter school holidays are probably my favourite. Not only do we get two bank holidays meaning all the family will be off, but the weather is usually warmer to be able to get out and about and it’s just the right amount of time; you know, they are back at school just before you want to pull your hair out.
Charlie broke up the Thursday before Good Friday so in reality has had almost three weeks off. We haven’t done much in all honesty but I think that’s what we needed. It also allowed to potty train the girls so it’s been successful if not a tad dull.
What I didn’t bank on was the amount of time swallowed by homework.
Charlie is seven so in May will be doing his year two “SATS” which are basically more about the teachers than the kids, but that’s my view. In preparation for these, we were greeted with a pack of homework for the holidays. Not just a few worksheets to keep the brain ticking a full blown pack of fractions and literacy work. On top of these worksheets (there’s about 15 of these) we are also asked to complete a holiday diary of what we have gotten up to, spellings, two reading books to read (Treasure Island being one of them!) oh and just in case you were wondering he also needs to write a story about the rainforest.
Now before anyone starts – I think homework is a good idea. I never had any until I was in year three but was so excited about it. Charlie gets his spellings on a Tuesday for test on the following Monday along with a worksheet on a Friday to be completed in a week. We have a set homework night and practise our spellings. Charlie is a complete bookworm and always reads before climbing into bed (he doesn’t have a TV, tablet or game console) so it’s easy to fill out his reading journal. But this holiday- I’m not impressed.
There’s just too much with such little explanation. He’s never really done fractions in class but is expected to work out what three quarters of large numbers are without any prior experience. I can’t help but feel there’s a bit of SAT panic and we have been tasked at filling this – during his HOLIDAYS.
This time should be spent relaxing and enjoying himself. Holidays are just that… I wouldn’t have minded a few bits and a project to compile a diary but I definitely think there’s too much been placed on these six and seven year olds.
We have done as much as we could with very little instruction and I am happy to shoulder any questions as to why we have not completed it all. It has eaten into way too much of his down time already.
Let kids be kids and enjoy their breaks. Sorry, my Ordinary Moments has been replaced by a rant!