Monday, 25 March 2013
DS and Homework
DS and his homework do not have a happy working relationship. It is, however, very predictable. Yesterday it was the time of the spellings.
Stage One - DS utterly rejects any notion that he needs to do his homework.
Stage Two - DS denounces the horror and complications of doing homework and how it is far too difficult
Stage Three - Ds announces he is far, far too exhausted to do homework. In fact he is far too exhausted to do anything except play on the computer
Stage Four - DS bewails his fate and is incapable of finding a pencil, rubber or the Famous Grouse tin that they live in, the one that is actually eighteen inches from his face
Stage Five - DS is in far too much pain from aching leg/arm/head to do the homework or anything except play computer games
Stages One to Five usually take about half an hour.
Stage Six - DS copies out the half dozen words he is supposed to, and this typically takes less than five minutes. In the school test he gets 100%
Today was the 'Write Five Sentences Using Capital Letters and Full Stops' Day. As predicted there was a wailing and a gnashing of teeth. We went through Stages One to Five quite quickly for once. Then we had to decide the wondrous Five Sentences that DS's teacher was going to be blessed with. I started the ball rolling and suggested that he write a sentence about the weather. We settled on, 'The weather is very cold.' It starts with a capital letter. It ends with a full stop. It is absolutely obvious. And, really importantly, it is only five words long. Then bear took over the inspiration. So his lovely teacher will read that the weather is cold, weeping angels in Doctor Who send people back in time and that to do anything in Minecraft you need to start by getting some wood - all using a lot more words than I would have suggested.
Still, he is doing his homework and that's what counts. I just hope that I spelled 'indestructible' correctly when he asked. Memo to self, we need a spelling dictionary.