I'm not sure how homework lets you know how your child is doing in school. It's a tiny tiny piece of that puzzle. Talking to my kids and to the teacher is much more effective in that regard.
Also my sneaky son last year would only show us part of his homework and we'd think he'd done it all until the teacher called him out on it. Hah! So yeah...the homework told us nothing.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
DD is in kindergarten, so we haven't gotten any homework yet, but I expect to get some reading 'homework' soon. I think homework can be a really good tool in older grades (from about 3 up) if the parents are on board with it. I believe that teachers should give class time to complete all the work, however if a child chooses to spend that time doing other things, then they should have to complete the work at home. If the child is struggling and that is why they didnt complete the work, then often one on one time with a parent can help, however a good teacher would see that is the reason and offer alternative one on one time if the parents are unable to support that. Without parent support, none of this works though.
I dont agree with giving homework just for the sake of homework though.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
I don't mind a little bit of homework, but I think even 30 minutes a day is too much. If they are not getting their work done at school and so the teacher sends something home to finish up thats ok, but I think most of the time they should be given time to do it at school. Studying spelling words or multiplication tables at home or being required to read a book every day or something is reasonable. I have one in first grade right now and they give them a reading log, spelling words and a couple pages of math problems every Friday, and they have until the next Friday to turn it in. The are supposed to read 60 minutes and do the homework sometime during that week. I think this is a very good solution because we have a whole week to find the time to do the homework and get the reading done a little each day.
Mom to Lee, Jake, Brandon, Rocco
Stepmom to Ryan, Regan, Braden, Baley
Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
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I think some homework is fine in elementary school. Not too much but I like Gloria's list of a reading log, spelling words and some math. My mom was a primary teacher and she always had some parents complain that her homework was either the child reading a story to the parent or the parent to a child. They said that was too much work to do outside of school. I think your attitude towards school and related activities is important in your child will pick up on it if you don't think it is worth your time.
If your child is struggling, I think it is your responsibility to talk to the teacher to work out a solution and that may involve more homeowrk for them to get caught up. Even in a class of 20 (or 10!) I don't think a teacher has time to spend to truely help one child who is struggling. If the parent doesn't want to do the extra work, they should be prepared for their child to repeat the grade.
In high school I was in IB and we had buckets of homework. All reading was done on our own time. We had papers, presentations and problem sets to complete in our own time. For the most part the problem sets were optional because we were tested on it and testing is what showed you knew it, not copying it off a friend. I did 3-6 hours of homework a night. We were also expected to do a certain number of volunteer work, creative activities and sports. I still got to hang out with friends, I still spent time with my family, I had part time jobs, and I still gooffed off. I liked it because even the really smart kids had to work and they couldn't coast. I thought it taught a good work ethic and time management.
In univeristy, all classes had work outside of class time. In sciences you could get work associated with the class and the lab! Good times. I would teach labs and periodically get notes from parents that their 20 year old was having to do too much homework. At age 10, reasonable complaint. At age 20, suck it up!
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)
But yes...there is some information and some value. I just get a lot more information in other ways than through the homework.
I think a little bit of homework is fine. I think an hour a day or more is way too much, even in high school. I think it's important that kids (even in high school) have time to persue hobbies, spend time with friends, get physical activity, have family time, et cetera. And I certainly wouldn't want my elementary school aged kid toiling on homework for hours at a time. I think it's counterproductive and a great way to ensure kids hate school.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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