My fourth grade granddaughter recently asked me what I was thinking to write for my next blog post. She has strong opinions and great suggestions, so I turned the question back to her, and she told me that even with an excellent and innovative teacher that she loves, it is hard to stay focused on the work all day.
My assignment for the 2015 Christmas season to you is this: Find a Christmas object and DON'T pack it up or put it away. Keep it out front where you will see it every day to remind you of the birth of our Savior. Just don't let it get lost in the mundane clutter of life like I did. This is the best gift you can give yourself this year.
With parents at the helm, kids aren't learning how to learn, at best they're learning how to get the right answer and in many cases may be led astray by parents -- however well meaning -- who don't understand the work. The conclusion? Parental engagement in children's education has no appreciable impact on their success in school.
I hate homework because it brings out that side of me I swore I'd never be as a parent. It brings out nothing but ambivalence in me as I do the dance of balancing involvement or support with trying to teach my child accountability, autonomy and self-discipline while still have him excel in all that he does.