Got a call from the school today.
After my initial panic that one of them had been gravely injured I realised Amy was at piano and Meg was sitting next to me so it was probably not that...
It was Meg's teacher.
She wanted to talk about Meg's homework.
I was kind of confused as after a shaky start to Grade 3 and its increased level of kanji intensity where Meg took 'free writing practice' to mean 'you are free to do it or not as is your want' rather than 'you are free to choose what characters to practice' we have been smooth sailing with the old homework.
I check that it's done every morning and we got a whole new series of notebooks as motivation to do our best writing rather than practicing our doctor's scrawl and it has been working a treat.
So what could the teacher be calling about??
Well, seems that yes Meg is handing in homework every day.
And yes, her handwriting is 100% better than it was.
But, in order to hand in beautiful penmanship Meg has been fudging her homework.
Instead of writing out a line each of the kanji the teacher selects for that day's study she has been substituting easy kanji for any she finds difficult to write.
The teacher called her on this today.
The teacher was very impressed that Meg was so honest and told her exactly what she was doing and why.
She told me as much.
She asked me not to scold Meg but just to please check the content of her homework each morning as well as the fact that it has been done.
I asked Meg and she said ahhh yeahhhhh, the teacher did mention that....
She was distinctly unfazed by it all.
I told K when he got home and he was right chuffed.
Very smart kid.
Thinks outside the box.
Gonna go far.
I pointed out that literacy tends to be a definite advantage in going far.
K was already off on some daydream about his innovative daughter's future.
I will be the one checking her homework tomorrow morning....