There is an incredible sense of wanting to push forward when you get a little glimpse of progress from the motions of change. I think having a bit of exercise everyday has given me a better night’s sleep which in turn gives me a better day-time attitude. I have also noticed a slight slimming of the waist-line but am not going to sound the trumpets yet because it could be hormonal.
This week I am working with my little guy on writing essays. It seems they are writing these much earlier than when my oldest son was in school. I asked my son what examples had he read in class to use as a guide line to create the habit of good writing . He said, well none that he could remember. Well, I cannot double-check this because we have no textbook to verify his answer.
I think that to write well, you need to read very good examples when you are little. My son reads tons of books but not essays. Finding samples of short essays and paragraphs in his age range on-line is no easy task. They seem to only sport examples of students who already write very well. I would have liked to have found some of a students progress as an example.
This seems ridiculous that I am researching writing skills for fourth grade as a mom. I have to tell you, schools these days really don’t teach much at all. They are only there to make that standardized test score go as high as possible and to hell with the rest of the child’s education. I am at the point of getting mighty irritated.
However, I am not going to let that get me down. I will teach my son how to write well and when asked how he learned I will not tout the awesomeness of public schools, I will take that credit and stick that feather in my cap where it belongs.
Change.. is good. Perhaps the schools in our area could do well with a 365 Days of Change challenge.