Oh yes, I’m going to do it.
Something I never thought I would do back when I was a teacher and not a parent.
I’m going to call total B.S. on a homework assignment brought home by my kindergartener.
Friday afternoon, Monkey brings home a letter from the kindergarten team explaining how his school is a “service learning school” and how each kindergartener now has an end-of-the year service/pay it forward project to complete, along with a “booklet, poster board(flat or tri-fold), model, photo album, scrapbook, or mobile” to share their project with the school. Due in one week.
Now, I think the idea of teaching children that they need to help others is fantastic. But, the display??? Is not homework for the kindergartener: it’s parent homework. And Mrs. Kindergartener Teacher, I have enough to do.
Not to mention that there was very limited time given to complete this project and display, when it’s obvious that this is something done each year. Why not send this assignment home with a month to do it instead of a week?
The actual intent behind this assignment? Is fabulous. But, the time frame given to get it done and the display requirements? Notsomuch.
There was a list of suggested projects to get us started.
Donate clothes/toys/books/cell phones to a nonprofit organization: oooookay. We do this several times a year. But, too bad we just did this last week: we cleaned out and donated to my middle son’s preschool for their yard sale. Sure, we can scrape up a few more things to give away, but we really cleared out for this sale. And of course, I didn’t take pics for a display since I had no clue that this project was coming.
Donate time to a soup kitchen, volunteer at the USO, or participate with Habitat for Humanity: all good ideas, but again, giving us a week’s notice makes this all a little hard to do.
Locks of love: a very worthy organization. But, my boys don’t have hair long enough to do this. And while I do, they don’t take my bleached hair. Yes, I bleach my naturally blonde hair just for fun. *cough, cough*
Since I know that they have been talking about this at school, I thought I’d ask Monkey if he had any ideas about how he could help someone.
“If someone falls, I could help them up.”
Okay, that’s very true. But, I explained that we have to do something planned. And we can’t KNOW that someone will fall down. Monkey found a loophole.
“Well, I could tell someone to shove them down and then I could help them up and we could take a picture of me helping.”
So, obviously, he’s been missing the lessons I thought I’d been teaching on helping others. So, we need to figure out something to do to help others.
And we will.
But, will I be creating a trifold display to show it off? No.