My two-year old’s Daycare gave us homework the other night. By us, I mean they gave me homework. They sent home a construction paper tree with a note saying to make a family tree by Monday.
Here are my issues with this assignment:
- She’s two! Which means this is homework for the parents, not the toddler. She’s still eating play-dough. What makes them think this kid can make a family tree?
- I’m paying half a college tuition’s worth of money to send my kid there. I’ve already done all of the required homework that was required for my college degrees. If my daughter was getting a bachelor’s in arts and crafts after this, that would be a different story.
- This particular Mom is out of the house 11-12 hours a day between commuting and working. My husband is busy working also (which, by the way, is the main reason she goes to daycare). After coming home, playing with our daughter, making dinner, getting her to bed, and trying to pay the bills or do whatever other chores we have, we not want to do arts and crafts.
- I am not crafty. There, I said it. I am not being hard on myself. I am not good at it and don’t enjoy most of it. I like to color my daughter’s coloring books but give me crayons and a blank piece of paper and you’ll find me staring at it with a look of wonder at what to do. Then I revert to elementary drawing of stars and hearts that I then color in. Add things like scissors, glue, yarn, glitter and I’m just overwhelmed and walk away to go clean dishes. Some of her classmates parents are very crafty (as evidenced by their birthday parties) so I felt I had to make it look nice for her sake.
- There were no guidelines or instructions. Do they just want me to write family member names on the tree? (I wish I had thought to do that before I had started it…) Do I cut out and put pictures of everyone on the tree? Do I just put my daughter, Mom, Dad, and the dog? (I wish I had thought of that also…) How far back to I go? Do I just go back to my husband’s and my siblings or do I include our cousins also? Luckily, the size of the tree was somewhat constricting. It’s a digital world so now I have to sort through photos, find family members in poses with head sizes roughly the same size, print them out to the local drug store, and hope that it doesn’t look like my daughter likes Papa better than Uncle Adam because of the difference in head size. Send instructions of some kind, people.
- As previously mentioned, I am paying a gazillion dollars to send my child to this Daycare. While I have mentioned that a large part of the reason for that is because my husband and I both work, there is no family living near us (or crazy enough) to babysit, part of it is also that I am not crafty (or a lot of other things). Thankfully, this daycare is teaching her how to do many of the things that I cannot teach her or do not enjoy doing. Figure out a way to do the crafts at school.
- She’s two! This homework assignment required me to take four trips to the drugstore to pick up photos. I let her glue some onto the tree. By the time I realized I could just not do the assignment and not get in trouble for it (yes, I was the good kid in school who tried to stay out of trouble), I was already in the process of making it.
We better get this family tree back. Our family will forever be immortalized at this age in all future family trees when I reuse this one over and over and over again.
It actually turned out much better than I would have expected and my daughter helped glue photos on. I’m still not sure what the point of it was, but this Daycare Mom aced that one!