Whew -- 3rd grade is proving to be a challenge.
But, challenges are good . . . right?!!!
Yes, of course, a challenge makes us grow, blah blah blah.
If that's so, we're doing a lot of growing at our house lately.
Don't be mistaken, Maddy loves 3rd grade and her wonderful teachers.
It's the homework and tests that are bogging her down a little.
This week has been an especially tough one with math and social studies tests on Tuesday, then English and science on Wednesday and spelling on Friday!
Her little back nearly buckled under the weight of her school books on Monday! Luckily, I was there to carry it to the car for her. Seriously, it was heavy for me!
Well, you can only study for so long when you're 8! It's not like you can pull an all-nighter. And really, we study a little every night -- I try to go over the next day's lesson with her and we spend about 10 -15 minutes per subject, so maybe 30-45 minutes in all.
Having to spend time studying again for tests on Tuesday night after having done so on Monday night was starting to stress her out. Maddy was getting a wee bit frustrated, and I could tell that she needed a breather. So, instead of chowing down on chocolates (which I totally would have done to deal with stress), we pulled out some crafts!
She painted rocks with Halloween sayings and creatures, and I worked on a cute ribbon-pumpkin project! We both felt better when she went up to bed with a smile on her face instead of a frown. I hate to send my little pumpkin to bed when she's upset and worried.
Now, we just have to get through that spelling test this week!