If so, then like me when Damien started school, you are prolly astounded by the amount of homework these poor little munchkins get everyday!!!
The handwriting practice and such I could handle, but I think the homework item that drove me the most barmy was the whole “find pictures of items starting with the-letter-of-the-alphabet-specified-for-the-day”.
I do not buy magazines except to indulge my rather expensive wedding magazine fetish, and when Damien started school I had a collection of Cosmopolitan and Living & Loving that would put a library to shame. And then at one stage I got bored with Cosmo and started buying FHM… and none of these are particularly conducive to “find the picture” school exercises if you know what I mean…
But this didn’t stop… and it continued through grade one, two and three and expanded to include word searches as well!!! So by the middle of his first year I had had enough of paging through magazines that had next to nothing left in them, and started collecting pictures in a box.
Whenever I got a magazine from my mommy darling, I would go through it and tear out every word or picture that was easily identifiable and may possibly prove useful for a homework assignment. I did not cut them out as the cutting is part of the homework you see… but after a few months I had every letter of the alphabet covered and I could toss the damn-near shredded magazines instead of having them lie heaped up collecting dust between homework assignments just-in-case!!! The box was one that used to contain a little letter writing set with matching envelopes and writing paper, and it was big enough to put the fronts of usable Christmas and birthday cards in too! The pictures were in no kind of order or anything so Damien still had to go through it and find the pictures he needed- since identifying the sound of the letter and matching it to a word is also part of the homework!
I tell you bunnies, that box of pictures was regularly restocked, and it worked very well for us for Damien’s entire primary school career!