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Tales of a Third-Grader's Homework

Author: Jessica Woolwine
Published Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Jackson came home from school the other day, dropped his backpack in the middle of the living room floor and turned to run back out to play.

And, like most days, I called out to him to put his backpack up where it belongs and ask how much homework he had that night.

“Hardly any,” he said over his shoulder. “I just have to talk with you about the equinox.” With that, he was out the screen door and headed for the land of scooters and Nerf wars.

The equinox. Right. I remember what that is … I think?

I looked at Abby and Henry. Henry was occupied by jibber-jabbering to a see-and-feel cardboard book on farm animals. Abby was fully immersed in a show on PBS. These two I could handle.

What did Jackson say we’re supposed to discuss again? I think it has something to do with seasons or tides or daylight. Hmm. Time to re-educate myself on third grade science.


It’s interesting how I can remember the theme song to “Thomas and Friends” but not the name given to the two times a year light and dark are equal during a 24 hour period.

How did my parents do this whole parenting thing without Google?!

I’m a fairly smart person, but it’s not just the equinox that impresses me. I’m impressed by everything he’s learning at school. He’s created a presentation in iMovie, which is a program that I studied in college when it was fairly new, way back when. His class regularly works on PowerPoint presentations, and they look better than some I’ve seen in a professional setting!

Got a big meeting? Get a third-grader!

At 9, I loved to escape into a good storybook; Jackson loves nonfiction. The three library books currently on his nightstand are all about muscle cars, how fast they go and how they are made. About a month ago, he checked out a book on 9/11, and he and I both learned a 7-ton beam from one of the twin towers was melted down to make the bow of the USS New York. Gave me chills.

Jackson knows the largest deserts, mountains and rivers on the 7 continents. His spelling list is impressive, including words like metamorphic and igneous. Math is getting a little advanced, so you’ll have to send some positive thoughts my way as we’ve just started fractions.

I’ll tuck him into bed at night and listen to the interesting details about historical figures he’s studying and what they’ve done to make the world a better place. He did a group report on JFK earlier this year, and the kids were so good at research, I was actually surprised we didn’t have to have a talk about Marilyn Monroe!

It’s amazing what you will learn through the inquisitive eyes of a third grader and their homework. He is learning so much, so fast.

Hey… me, too… some of it for a second time around.

About Jessica Woolwine

About Jessica   Woolwine Jessica Woolwine is a native of Hampton Roads and lives in Hampton with her three “miracles” Jackson (9), Abby (5) and Henry (1). As a mother to a childhood cancer survivor and a micro-preemie, she began the blog Mothering Miracles in 2014 to support other families dealing with health issues. Jessica also works as Creative Director for Rubin Communications Group and enjoys mixing her talents for graphic design and creative writing with community relations. She is a past member of both the CHKD Family Advisory Council and the CHKD NICU Family Advisory Council.