We just had the “meet the teacher” for third grade, and is our son ever into a surprise this year… if there is a sound of jaws dropping, it was definitely happening when the teacher said that the kids are going to have about an hour of homework every day.
Then the teacher said that she would be collecting the summer homework book that the kids should have completed. Err…. oops. Now our son was been working like crazy to do nine weeks of work in three days, which we thought would be good practice for the new homework regime. At least he doesn’t seem to mind that much, which might be a good sign.
Luckily, we were very impressed by the teacher, who was super-organized, very friendly, but very no-bullshit as well.
I guess this is the beginning of the academic treadmill…
(one sad/funny thing at the meeting was that the *only* thing that got cheers and applause was the improvements they are making to the soccer field… the new academic programs, etc… crickets)