Kindergarten is hard!
It’s way harder than it was 30 years ago.
Kindergarten is the new First Grade.
The stuff David had to know before he started Kindergarten was what I learned in Kindergarten.
I’m not up to speed with these new education methods either, and honestly I question some of them.
For example he’s being taught to write using D’ Nealian Handwriting instead of standard printed letters. It’s a hybrid cross between printing and cursive. I think it’s supposed to make the transition to cursive later on simpler.
There are a couple problems with D’ Nealian. One, since I didn’t learn to print this way, it makes it difficult for me to help David make his letters correctly. Two, I think it might cause confusion when learning to read and recognize letters since most printed materials are produced in standard Roman fonts.
I don’t like some of the theories applied to reading either. Two weeks in a row David’s had worksheets for homework that required him to write eight words by sounding them out.
They haven’t even gotten all the way through the alphabet yet. They haven’t mastered recognizing the letters, and their sounds yet. They haven’t mastered writing all the letters. They haven’t learned any phonics or consent blends. But they’re supposed to spell words based on how they think they sound?
And here’s the kicker. According to the instructions, it’s OK if they spell them wrong, as long as they spell them like they sound.
(Where was this theory when I was spending hours writing out each of my spelling words 10 times every week?)
You know what? It’s NOT OK!
Oh, I know all you people with your education degrees are going to want to leave me comments explaining the reasoning behind this theory. But I don’t buy it. You know what I think this is? One more slip down the slope of mediocrity into Language Arts anarchy.
They’re educating a generation who will grow up thinking naber is the correct spelling of neighbor.
In fact, let’s just awl spell words the wa we thenk they sound. We can figur owt what evere1’s saying bi sownding it owt.
(My spell check just exploded.)
That’s absurd, right?
I think this is teaching a bad habit. All words are not spelled how they sound. Spelling should be based on the foundations of phonics, rules like, “i before e except after c,” and memorization. Not just sounding everything out.
Foundation first. Application next.
But David has to do this, because it’s the work he’s expected to complete for school. So I have to help him figure it out.
And I do.
Gritting my teeth, and biting my tongue to keep from exclaiming, “This is dumb,” in the middle of homework time.