Tuesday, 21 January 2014

It's all new to me.

I'm an RE teacher of senior school children. And have been for a decade. I get them to make stained glass windows, we do drama, dance, music, go on trips and produce some really creative writing. But when faced with trying to get my three year old to do her preschool homework (?) on the topic of 'monkey'. I crumbled.
See it's all new to me. I'm not used to being on the recieving end of a child's education. I'm used to being the one in control. Setting the homework. And expecting marvellous things to come back from home. I'm new at this Mum of an actual child who needs to learn things, not a baby malarkey.
My husband gave me the homework and said here you go she's got to do a monkey. Ok. I said. What kind of monkey? Be creative they said. Eh? Be creative?????? On what spectrum. Do they mean painting a monkey? Do they mean sewing a monkey outfit? Do they mean living like a monkey for six months in the jungle and them doing a PowerPoint presentation on it? Bleurgh.


We opted for cutting and sticking. It went horribly. I brought child proof scissors that she somehow managed to use to hack into my hand. I couldn't find a picture of a monkey in my whole actual house (wtf?) So we had to base it on Dora's mate. There was a small panic when I couldn't find a rubber. It was one of the most stressful hours of my life.
Here is the finished product. I am aware it looks crap. I am aware Erin has the colouring in ability of well, a three year old. I am aware I have the drawing ability of well, a three year old.


So I have learnt two valuable lessons 1) when my daughter is set homework in future I am going to ask for more specific instructions and 2) when I ask my Year 7 pupils to spend a half term making a place of worship at home and some bring in a cornflake box with a crucifix scrawled on it, and I snigger. I shouldn't. As that clearly will be what Erin will be turning up with. Hers may even be worse!


The Reading Residence
Creative Challenge

22 comments:

  1. I love her monkey! It must be strange to be the on the other end of this, though I'd have been far lazier and just printed off a monkey from Pinterest or such-like and got it coloured in that way - you were more inventive! And, interested to read you're an RE teacher - I'm one of those relatively few people that loved RE at school, and studied it all the way up :-)
    Thanks for joining in with #TheThemeGame x

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    1. Yep I was head of re until my boy. Love it. I'm a right re geek. Taking kids to a mosque next week. (I'm part time now). I thought of pinterest as I bloody finished it grrrrrrrrr x

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  2. Just wait until they progress through the school years-my daughter is in Year 3 and last week's homework was to create her own dragon! My bug bear is topic homework over the holidays-drives me mad for Primary-it's supposed to be a holiday!! Thank you for sharing with #TheThemeGame

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    1. I'm now realising how annoying homework is!!!! Will be minful with what I set in the future xxx

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  3. It's a lovely monkey! :) #thethemegame

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  4. The monkey looks quite good! Yeah i agree 'do a monkey' could mean so many things including making one lol. Good job though Erin

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    1. The teacher loved it! Wonder what the others looked like???! Ha ha ha x

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  5. Boots is the best monkey! (fay)

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  6. Love it, what a fantastic monkey! House point for you and Erin!
    Linking up from #TheThemeGame

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  7. Homework like this makes me excited and terrified of Arthur starting school (we have a way to go yet he's only 7 months)!!
    I think you guys did a great job by the way :) x

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    1. You're too kind! It was rubbish. Ha ha ha xxx

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  8. Love it! As a primary/SEN teacher who tries to set creative homework (with a bit more guidance!) yes please to living in the jungle and making a powepoint :-) Love the monkey!

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    1. This week we have to do a project on England. I intend to lice as a pearly queen and live off fish and chips whilst singing Beatles tracks! ;) xxx

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  9. Haha, I am 100% with you on that one! So much easier to give homework than to be on the receiving end! Great little monkey, though! Mel #TheThemeGame

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    1. I have to bloomim cook do next week. Oh the never ending doooooom xxx

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  10. ha ha ha I love this! What a brilliant post! That monkey isn't so bad! I think getting more specific instructions is a good idea, it definitely seemed a bit vague! haha thank you for linking with the #creativechallenge brilliant post xxx

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  11. Oh, I am so with you on vague instructions. But I'm also a bit of a nightmare, and force my poor kids to do something 'amazing', which really means I end up doing rather a lot of it and getting a bit stressed! Love your monkey :) #CreativeChallenge

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