Friday, November 13, 2009

School Differences

I have learnt that there are some differences between Z's school in the UK and his new school here in the US and not just the accent!

Then: Leave for school 0845 and walk to school for school to start 0850.
Now: Leave for school 0740 on bus for school to start at 0810.

Then: Homework once a week. Usually one of following examples, draw a picture, write a few sentences, add a few numbers and similar.
Now: Homework every day until Thursday with a spelling and math test on Friday.

Then: Basic reading, writing and maths (so it appeared) with PE twice a week.
Now: Monday reading, writing and math. Also PE & Music.
         Tuesday reading, writing and math. Also Spanish & Library.
         Wednesday reading, writing and math. Also Art.
         Thursday reading, writing and math. Also PE
         Friday reading, writing and math. Also Spanish.

Then: School finish 1530 and walk home.
Now: School finish 1435 and get bus home.

Then: Weekly general school newsletter from school in bookbag.
Now: Weekly class newsletter and general school newsletter in bookbag. Email school additional newsletter with activities in school and community. Phone messages with notifications (todays was about the H1N1 vaccinations)

Then: School photo mid way through the year.
Now: School photo mid way through the year and school Yearbook at end of year.

Then: School report card towards end of year
Now: School report card towards end of year. Plus school online system to which parents can register to see childrens grades throughout the year.

Then: Lunch brought from home, ordered and paid for week in advance or go home for lunch.
Now: Lunch brought from home or chosen at school and paid for via account that can be credited online.

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