Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Home Poem

Genevieve started bringing home kindergarten homework this week. It's the school-wide reading program, "Book-in-a-Bag." The children take home a book picked for their reading ability every day, and are supposed to spend ten minutes or so reading it aloud to a parent each night. The parent signs off on a record sheet for each day, and the child brings it back to school the next morning and gets a new book (or continues on with the same book, if it's a chapter book). Actually, in kindergarten, kids usually start with super-simple picture books with a few words on each page, and the parent reads first, pointing at each word; then the child points while the parent reads; then the child reads (or tries to). I remember doing that with Julia during the fall of her kindergarten year. Those early "See Jane run" type of books are Level 1 or 2, if I remember correctly, and are where most kindergartners begin.

Genevieve's Book-in-a-Bag is a Level 18 short chapter book. She can read it fluently and it's not a challenge at all. Truth be told, I pretty much ignore her while I make dinner and go through school bags. We both know I hear her read a whole lot more--and a lot harder--than that every day, just during her normal at-home life.

There's also a "Home Poem" the kids are supposed to read each day. This week's poem is "Jack Be Nimble." You know: "Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick." After they read it, they are meant to do a brief "activity" that goes along with the poem. This may be pointing at the words as an adult reads them, or focusing on learning to read particular words, or something similar. The first time I read those instructions aloud, Genevieve and I just looked at each other and laughed.

We currently skip the Home Poem.

Oh my goodness.


Rita said...

Ok, seriously, what are you going to do with this child? This GENIUS! Holy cow she's smart.

Maybe you should start feeding her lots of hydrogenated oil and let her watch Sponge Bob all day. You know, dumb her down a little. Because at this rate, she'll outsmart all of us by the time she's 10.

Shannon said...

I think she's already smarter than most of us, Rita.