I am all about homework (even though I loathe doing my own homework, lol!). Being exposed to material at home that was exposed in class earlier that day helps the brain recognize and retain. Jace started Kindergarten this year (!!!!) and he has homework and I'm cool with it. I also like the bonding aspect; it helps me learn more about him... Like how he colors, his handwriting style, how he draws, how he thinks, what type of ideas he comes up with, etc. When the teacher talks to me about his progress and areas that he needs improvement in, I will already be on the same page and be just as aware.
Madi is in Kindergarten this year too and I can hardly believe it! She had 2 "All About Me" homework projects that were designed for the entire family to help out with, and I thought that was a neat way to introduce homework to little ones. Doing those projects and the 3 Math papers she brought home this week did help me realize that she doesn't yet have the work ethic I'd like her to and that is something we will have to work on! lol
Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE
I would agree that more than an hour of homework is too much homework time. I am so happy my son only has homework a couple of nights a week and he's just required to read for 30 minutes . I think that is very good, and I make sure he reads for 30 mins a day on the weekends too.
I like to see how he's progressing and yes homework does let me know how he's doing. If he has a page of math in his workbook, and he gets them wrong, then I know he didn't understand the lesson. That is clear cut evidence. Spelling words have to be learned and that takes time. I love that his teacher gives us the spelling words on Friday and then tests the following Friday. She gives us the homework expectations a week before hand as well so we can balance everything better. She doesn't care when it's done, so long as it's done before it's due. So for example, it's difficult for him to do a lot of homework on Mondays so I can let him do his 3x each Spelling on the weekend along with his sentence writing. So easy. I like it that his teacher very flexible and communicates well with parents.