We just got a letter from Serious’ school. Apparently, she’s had homework for the past few weekends, and she hasn’t done it. So she needs to complete this week’s assignment TONIGHT.
1. Homework for 3 year olds? Seriously? I acknowledge that there are some older children in the class that do need to get ready for kindergarten in the fall. But we’re not there yet. And many kindergartens don’t give homework. Let’s calm down.
2. If you ARE going to give homework to 3 year olds then you need to TELL THEIR PARENTS. Like, at the beginning of the homework giving era, not after they haven’t done it for two weeks.
3. We don’t have Sassy and Serious on the weekends. Their school should know this because we have told them several times. Fridays after school, Serious is 100% focused on the transition to her grandma’s house. And I take them immediately from school to grandma. This is a very stressful time of their week and not a time that Serious, of her own volition, is going to pipe up and inform me that she has homework all of a sudden.
4. We have no control over their weekends, which means homework now has to be a Sunday night thing. Which is fine, but I just hope to god it’s nothing complicated. Because Sunday nights we have the transition back to our house and that’s another stressful time for them when we just try to be relaxed and bonded.
5. Ugh. I mean it’s fine. I’ll just check for the homework on Friday when I pick them up, and we’ll do it Sunday. But this does bring home to me the fact that being in foster care can really complicate a child’s academic life. My hat is off to all the kids in care of all ages who do manage to keep focus on their academics despite the complications and stresses that foster situations bring into their lives.