Any parent of a new reader knows that sometimes it takes a little searching to find that magic “way” our children really “GET” our language’s highly illogical and very troublesome SIGHT WORDS.
A friend of mine posted something tonight on her Facebook Page that made many of us marvel at a new way to make learning Sight Words in the First Grade fun for our 6 year olds!
It was a worksheet that included an optional task to
Dip a Q-Tip into Bleach and to write the word
on construction paper (with a parent’s help.)
My friend posted it as a homework assignment slightly beyond her creative comfort zone.
It should NOT be lost on anyone reading the homework sheet that the homework specified that a parent needs to help if they do that one.
This is a good thing.
Because my bottle of bleach says to keep out of reach of children (and to read the back panel for even more precautionary statements beyond the All Caps Warnings on the front.)
But on a high note, THIS bottle of bleach DOES NOT contain any phosphorous!
PHWEW ON THAT ONE!
Anyway, we all had a good chuckle.
My friend’s son’s teacher does get an “I” for Initiative, a “C” for Creativity and a small”t” for Toxicity for sending home the worksheet.
I have no idea what my friend sent in or if she even initialed that little task block.
I recommended that she substitute paint or pudding or anything that does not require Poison Control’s intervention to complete the assignment, or that might require gloves to handle.
But, I made this sign for her.
Too bad she lives in Maryland.
I can’t even overnight it in time.
If you want to read more funny stuff about the trials of early elementary homework, my friend, Bridget, who writes the hilarious blog Twinisms has started a virtual series about First Grade Homework now that her twin boys are bringing it home.
She hasn’t actually called it a series, but there’s a lot to cover.
I kind of wish she got this assignment (times two for her twins).
That would have been FUNNY, whether it was written in bleach, battery acid, turpentine, or Drano.
If we ever get a homework assignment like that, we’ll probably just substitute ketchup or mustard for any flesh-dissolving poisons the worksheet calls for.
And, then we’ll initial the little box.