The epic Battle of the Homework takes place on a regular basis at our house.
Grant is good at math and he seems to enjoy the subject, so the math assignments get done quickly and easily.
He is also good at reading and language arts, but he does NOT enjoy those subjects, so those assignments do NOT get done quickly or easily. For those assignments, particularly ones that involve writing, it becomes a mommy-hovering-child-procrastinating-time-sucking ordeal.
For the both of us.
This week he had an assignment where he was to write a letter to a family member and describe a trip to a pond. There was an example letter. Grant wanted to just copy that letter, verbatim. I explained that he couldn’t do that… that it was cheating and not his own words. If he wanted to use it for inspiration, that is OK, but he needed to change the words to write his own letter.
After an hour of struggle, he read his letter out loud to me. Other than being written to his brother instead of “Grandma” and being from him instead of “Maria” it was exactly the same letter as the example. (And it was super messy!)
Me: “Grant, you cannot copy someone else’s writing and call it yours!”
Grant: “No it’s OK. I switched some of the words.”
Me: (quickly re-reading it) “What words did you ‘switch’?”
Grant: “Conner and Grant.”