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to not want to draw a pretty border and a picture as part of a homework project

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kim147 Tue 17-Jun-14 19:07:46

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LaurieFairyCake Tue 17-Jun-14 19:10:44

Get him to draw a squiggle round it in a colour of his choice - 1 minute max

kim147 Tue 17-Jun-14 19:11:22

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Littledidsheknow Tue 17-Jun-14 19:13:34

I have given similar homework in the past, as I was compiling a class book - "Our Favourite Poems", so they had to look nice.
Your DS's teacher may be doing something similar with children's own poems or perhaps making a poetry display for the wall. If it's really too much effort, keep it very simple.

Cornettoninja Tue 17-Jun-14 19:22:24

If those were the instructions I think they should be followed tbh.

A simple border and picture isn't asking too much, it's only as time consuming as you want to make it.

whereisshe Tue 17-Jun-14 19:33:33

You can't see the point of visual art and learning about where the inspiration for illustrations comes from? Ok.

kim147 Tue 17-Jun-14 19:35:05

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Captainbarnacles1101 Tue 17-Jun-14 19:36:28

YABU. He was set a homework and you allowed him to hand it in incomplete! What message does that send. It's not ur job to second guess his teacher. I think you have sent a strong message to your son that any old rubbish will do. hmm

whereisshe Tue 17-Jun-14 19:37:11

But he doesn't have to be good at it? I was terrible at poetry but good at art at school. Still had to write poetry and I did learn from doing it.

TheLastQuestion Tue 17-Jun-14 19:38:59

Depends on how old he is really.

tallwivglasses Tue 17-Jun-14 19:41:27

It sounds like it may be a bit tough pinning your DS down for homework. Maybe your DH should be responsible from now on wink

morethanpotatoprints Tue 17-Jun-14 19:45:11

Mine all conveniently forgot to bring homework home, then we got it a few days after everyone else and they did it very quickly and gave it in at the end of the week with everyone else, if they remembered.
Some people make too much of homework, lifes too short.
I'm sure it was fine OP

NoodleOodle Tue 17-Jun-14 19:46:45

I wouldn't have bothered with the border and picture either. Even if they were making a display out of them, as suggested above, if it's a poetry display then some scribbles with a crayon around the edge is not important. And, there has to be a limit somewhere, homework should take an age appropriate amount of time.

GenerationX2 Tue 17-Jun-14 19:49:16

no I would not have bothered with the picture or border I think that is just busy work and not necessary to the learning objective

kim147 Tue 17-Jun-14 19:58:52

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LastTango Tue 17-Jun-14 19:58:54

Are you also going to encourage him to skip half the exam question when he is old enough to take them?

kim147 Tue 17-Jun-14 20:00:23

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kim147 Tue 17-Jun-14 20:04:52

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Captainbarnacles1101 Tue 17-Jun-14 20:09:59

And what about the fact that he didn't finish his homework. How did u explain that to him?

kim147 Tue 17-Jun-14 20:11:16

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jamdonut Tue 17-Jun-14 20:12:36

Drawing borders and illustrations for a piece of work like a poem is fairly standard practice. It's all to do with presentation. And how do you know the work being asked for isn't being considered for display? I think YABU.

EndoplasmicReticulum Tue 17-Jun-14 20:15:08

Oh I'm with you on this one.

My son does not like drawing or decorating. He'll do the homework (eventually) but asking him to make it "pretty" is not what he's good at, and strikes me as a bit of a waste of time.

Like when he got marked down in maths because his numberlines were wonky. He'd already worked out the answer in his head.

You don't say in your posts but I'm assuming primary school?

You could always be awkward and ask what the learning objective was for this particular piece of homework.

kim147 Tue 17-Jun-14 20:15:26

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kim147 Tue 17-Jun-14 20:16:40

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Captainbarnacles1101 Tue 17-Jun-14 20:20:39

But are u not supposed to be teaching him that if he is set a task he should complete it to the best of his ability? Teach h to take pride in his work and put 100% effort into it?
How would u feel
In 10 years time if u ask him to do something for u at home and he doesn't complete it?
It doesn't matter what ur feelings are on art or borders etc you need to ensure he completes the task. You didn't do that.

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