First she had a math worksheet that took 10 minutes for us to fight about (culminating in my swearing like a sailor with a head injury) and 2 minutes for her to fill out. Then she's got a sheet in her homework folder that looks like this:
National GRANDPARENTS DAY
Sample Questions for 'Interviewing' Your Grandparents
Where were you born? What year?
What are the names and birthdates of your brothers and sisters?
Did you have a pet when you were growing up?
Did you get an allowance?
Who was more strict, your mom or dad?
What were your favorite games and activities?
What chores were assigned to you?
What did your house look like? Is it still the same?
What traditions did your family have?
Did your family have big reunions?
Did you like school? What kinds of grades did you get?
What were your favorite subjects?
When you were a teenager, what time did you have to be home at night?
How old were you when you met grandma/grandpa?
How old were you when you got married?
What was your first job?
Tell me about my mom/dad when he/she was growing up.
Who writes this crap? Why was I born?
Since there was no indication of what exactly we're supposed to do with this thing, I sent the following e-mail to the teacher:
Ms. Third -- what are your expectations about the grandparents' interview sheet that you sent home? Younger Daughter wants nothing to do with it. I'm not a fan of homework in elementary school and I'm inclined not to fight her about it. Thanks. -- FedUpMomMy devout hope is that this sheet was sent home as one of those allegedly fun family activities, and it's no big deal whether Younger Daughter does anything with it or not. I guess we'll find out.
UPDATE: I received the following e-mail from Ms. Third:
Mrs. FedUpMom, It's actually an assignment from Mrs. Liber, our librarian. My understanding from her is it's something for the students relating to her curriculum. I'm happy to follow up for her if you like. -- Ms. Third.UPDATE UPDATE: This afternoon, while waiting for Younger Daughter's bus to drop her off, I struck up a conversation with another mother of a 3d-grader. I asked her whether her son had gotten the "Grandparents Day" paper, and she said "Yeah! It just showed up in his homework folder with no explanation of what we were supposed to do with it. I ignored it." (She, by the way, is what the school probably considers a "good" mother, not a fire-breathing ranter like yours truly.) When I looked in YD's homework folder, the Grandparents Day paper had disappeared. I asked YD about it, and she said "she [a teacher] took it away because it was overdue!" I think everyone involved has decided to pretend it never happened. Works for me ...