Beau and I spent tonight going over his science test study guide. Yes, a study guide for 6-year-olds. Did you know the top layer of the ocean is the epipelagic zone? I didn’t but apparently in 2014 1st graders are supposed to know this.
This week they are expected to know how to spell because. I’m really starting to wonder about the whole issue of spelling tests. Every week involves some sort of at-home explanation of one of the many exceptions of the English language.
While we’re on the subjects of tests… I heard a radio segment today about a number of New York parents having their children opt out of standardized testing (Common Core stuff?) Beau has his normal 4 tests this week and SAT 10 tests next week… The thought of opting out is sounding better and better.
Can you tell it’s the end of the school year? On the way home today I thought about how quickly summer is approaching. Only 16 1/2 (which is a fraction, something Beau had homework on last week) schooldays left! But then it got me to thinking about how fast summer will fly by and the fact that second grade starts in 95 days. And book reports are on the curriculum next year…
Despite my end-of-the-school-year-the-weather-is-too-nice-for-homework rant, I really do like Beau’s school. And he says he does too. But really, all 6-year-olds need more time to do silly things like make crazy face molds out of plastic pegs.