What would you do?

Amy - posted on 10/10/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




I'm just curious to find out what other moms would do in this situation. I was talking to my 6 1/2 year old son tonight, he's in first grade, we were talking about his math book. He was the first one to finish math book 1 which he was very proud of so tonight I asked him if he had finished the second math book at school because he's had it a couple of weeks now. He told me that he hadn't finished it yet and I asked him why, he told me that he didn't like doing it because there was so much coloring involved, he really really hates coloring. So I asked him what he's been doing when he's supposed to be working on it, he says he's just pretending to do it.

Obviously I spoke to him how it's not acceptable to pretend to be doing work at school, and how he has to do the stuff he doesn't like to do with the stuff that he does like to do but I'm debating on whether or not I should let his teacher know what I found out so that he can keep a better eye on him at school, he really loves math he just hates the coloring work because he says his teacher is tough he doesn't allow any white spaces. I would like to hear other moms opinions on this, would you reach out to the teacher?


Jennifer - posted on 10/12/2012




I have a 4th grader who also hates coloring, drawing, anything that's even remotely crafty - much like myself who couldn't draw a stick figure! He too, had to color the entire section - even still in 4th grade, no white areas can be left. He ends up drawing as minimal a figure as he can get away with and just colors the whole background one solid color - and not that well, I might add. I used to stress about it and somehow try to make him do better and try harder but he just doesn't have it in him. He is no Picasso, but I've learned to pick my battles. Having said that, I have had conversations like this with every teacher he's had. Just so they know that I know and that I'm trying to be involved in his schoolwork and an active parent. These conversations certainly didn't get him out of having to do the work but I really just wanted to impress upon the teachers that this is not his strong suit or his interest whatsoever. I think it's good to have an open conversation - knowing and liking math is clearly more critical than coloring a white box blue! ;) It's not going to force an interest so I would still just praise him on the actual math and not focus so much on the drawing/coloring. I'm sure teachers appreciate feedback on likes, dislikes, habits, etc regarding the kids in their class - I would think it helps them too. Good luck.

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