There is a time in childrens’ lives that every parent dreads. Ok, so to be honest, there are lots of moments that parents dread. We just continue to think they’ll never come.
I reached a milestone this week that I thought I had years to reach. Years. Lots of them.
I had no idea that I’d be stumped by kindergarten homework.
Yes, that’s right. I was unable to help my kindergartener with his homework. I couldn’t figure it out, and even my husband is struggling.
This does not bode well for his grades in high school. *sigh* But I have to give myself a little bit of a reprieve. Space has never been my best subject. There are certain things that I just don’t like and therefore never learned anything about — Mister Man’s obsession of dinosaurs is my other big disinterest.
This week, the kindergarteners are charged with watching the night skies. Thank you, teacher, who decided to do the space unit in January when it’s freezing (literally) outside instead of waiting until ohhh I don’t know, May!
Not only do they need to watch the night sky, but they need to identify it.
Big Dipper? Check. (Whoo, go me!)
Little Dipper? Uhhhh, yeah.
Casseopeia? Oh, please.
Orion? Are you kidding me?!
I’ve never figured out constellations. They just don’t make sense to me. They are stars in the sky, and they’re pretty. That’s about as far as my stargazing knowledge goes.
But this week, I’m spending my time staring at a constellation map and comparing it to the sky. Then I turn my map around and squint to see if that helps. I turn it a bit further and then sigh in frustration.
Did I also mention that we’re in a new moon phase, which means there isn’t much of a moon to see? At least that makes drawing the moon easy. And thankfully, we don’t have to draw the other constellations, just say if we could see them or not.
Tonight I was exceedingly grateful that it was cloudy. We walked outside, saw no stars, turned around, and I know we got the answers right for once!
What was the first homework that stumped you?