My duaghter is in 2nd grade this year and the teachers, as have all teachers, at her school have given out homework 'packets'.
It is simply some lined paper stapled with 4 pages of homeworks tasks, of which 1-2 need to be completed each night in addition to 15 minutes of reading, spelling/vocab words, plus a weekly writing assignment. It is not the amount of work that is my issue, but rather this 'free choice' and lack of what I would consider structure. I'm old school, I suppose.
My daughter does best in a very structured enviroment, and I see her struggling with this gray area of being able to choose things, but not having something in her hands where she can read from, something tangible. I do my best with her each night, but I see her frustation and that in turn, well, makes me frustrated.
I've spoken with her teacher. First year teacher. Not much more to say, she doesn't have the techinque or tricks that more tenured teachers have, unfortunately. Hasn't been open or willing to discuss other options. Tells me to 'keep at it and to work with her more' on the packet, or to 'move onto a different task' within the packet.
Does anyone have any ideas I can use, advice? Thank you in advance.