Saturday, March 21, 2009

Homework Starts Monday

Spring has arrived, and with spring comes homework!

But don't worry, homework in kindergarten is fun.

And it comes with a no-fun guarantee. If it's not fun, you don't have to do it. Kindergarten homework is optional. I'll send it home Mondays through Thursdays from here to the last week of school.

That said, I try to make it both educational and interesting. A lot of it is designed to require the assistance of a parent, grandparent or older sibling.


Family Homework Answers said...

I applaud the fact that you are making your kindergarten homework optional, but do you think parents REALLY believe that? Most of the parents that I meet feel incredible pressure to not only make sure that their children complete homework, but that it is "perfect." Please consider what you are asking of families each evening.

Dan Gurney said...

Yes, I do think they will believe me. I think they will find that I say what I mean, and mean what I say. I understand that parents come under pressure, having been a parent myself. That's why the homework is OPTIONAL.

The work I suggest as homework is intended to bring parents and their children together in fun projects. If a parent reports "incredible pressure" or even credible pressure, then I'll tell them to give their kids a hug and let the homework go.

I leave perfection to higher beings. I'm human, and so are my students and their parents.

ali and dave said...

Mr. Gurney. I dont ussually comment but felt inclined this time. As we are on our second child in your class we have always felt at ease when it came "homework". During times when things were so crazy busy the optional homework has been and will continue to be a way for us to take a deep breath and connect with our kids. You have always made us feel that assisting our children should not be stressful and as a result the children will thirst for knowledge. Our 8-year old daughter does and, although it took our son half the year, he is now completely intrigued! We are sad for the other families that will not benefit from Mr. Gurney's Kindergarten once you retire. Good Luck!

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Ali and Dave!