We had heard that third grade is the year that things get a bit tougher. More homework, more tests, and more general responsibility for the students. Today, the fourth day of school, Graceful has homework: read for 30 minutes, study spelling words. Easy enough.
Here's the best part: The third graders were given planners in which they will write their assignments every day. The teacher checks the students' planners to make sure the correct homework was recorded. After Graceful finishes her homework, I'm supposed to verify that she did it and then initial the appropriate spot. As a person who starts each week with a 'to do' list that is broken down by day, this warms my anal retentive heart.