Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bryn's big day out...


Bryn had a very big day out today starting with a play at playgroup, then more playing, this time in sand, at the BaBs meeting in our suburb... Then home, but no nap for Bryn because his brothers came home from school and kept him busy until they went to sleep... He did drop off for all of 20 minutes early in the evening, but for some reason woke up again... After much feeding from mum, and chatting with dad, and scrutinising "House", he finally collapsed on the floor in front of mum's feet just as "Medium" was starting... So, of course, instead of picking up her precious boy and transferring him to his bed, mum grabbed the camera and snapped of a few piccies for a little story board...

In other news, Erik and Luey came home this week with "homework" for mum and dad... Ergh! It seems that by Friday we have to write on a sheet that states at the top "You're Special to Me..." We're supposed to write why each boy is special to us and why they are such great learners... Ok, ok, I could fill both sheets NO PROBLEM, but I have to say I'm a bit uncomfortable with the idea of this very private (to me) letter to my sons being displayed in the classroom for every other student and they parents and the teachers to read... Is that strange that I'm not comfortable with that? I'm always telling the boys why they're special and why they're great learners but something about being made to do so in public just rubs me up the wrong way... I wonder why that is...

8 comments:

Nic and Beren said...

I agree, I wouldn't be comfortable having a letter like that displayed either, seems like a thing for only you and them to read.

Cute pics :-)

Bin said...

oh, yeah I would definitely feel uncomfortable about that...

Amanda O. said...

LOL at B's collapse. L did much the same as soon as we got home.

I'd be uncomfortable with the letter to. I suppose because you generally write a letter to A person, not an audience. I'm also not sure what the point of the assignment is... kids should already know how their parents feel and it's not like the kids or teacher should need a letter from the parents stating what's special about the kids - they should get to know them themselves and form relationships based on that, not parental assessment of how wonderful they are! Weird!

casso said...

This is horrible! "Parents, you must do as we tell you. Now tell your children they are great NOW! Otherwise they fail this assignment". ???!!! What?! I agree, that is totally freaky and weird and I would be having words with the teacher (*ahem* but I guess you may have already known that!).

I also think that what makes a child special is that they are YOUR CHILD. I'd be soooo tempted to just write 'genetics' on the page and leave it at that. But then, as I say, I would be stirring the pot a little. And of course that would upset Harry so I wouldn't REALLY but I'd hardly write "You are special because when we put cream on your vagina you put your legs out like a frog and it's so darn cute". ;o)

BTW - Cute storyboard! You should put some stuff up on Flickr. How is the course going?

Cheers, Cass

Bin said...

just thinking about this some more, and if they're putting it for everyone to see, I can't see how this is good for the kids really either. What about the kids whose parents just write 1 little thing compared to others who write a full page, does he then feel like his parents don't love him as much?? Just on so many levels this seems wrong and not really sure what their point is...

Sif said...

ROFL, Cass, wish I'd read this before handing in the letters this morning, hahaha! Genetics, that's so right!

Belinda, Yes, I totally agree, and I was talking to some mums outside of Luey's class yesterday afternoon about this, and they were voicing the same concerns. It seems though that Luey's teacher, as least, isn't displying the letters, but rather putting them in each child's folder...

I have a sneaking suspicion that this is in fact a convert operation to glean more information from parents about their children and how they perceive their children's personalities and strengths.

Dave and I saw this as an opportunity to highlight more about the boys' personalities and how they learn, pointing out that Erik is very energetic and enthusiastic, keen to learn and keen to please, and highly creative and artistic (i.e. if you think he's restless in class - read my latest post, LOL - then this may be why. With Luey we pointed out that he is brave and at the same time sensitive, that he is one to concentrate hard and be very dedicated WHEN INSPIRED by what he is learning... I.e. if you think he is restless in class, maybe he's actually bored as hell!

I've just come back from having it out with Luey's teacher (nicely) so I'm a bit feisty myself right now... I'll post all about it now...

Anonymous said...

You are so speacial to me: because dear son, you also thought this homework was unnessary.

Anonymous said...

ew. sorry about the spazy spelling.

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