I sort of sit on the fence. I think reading is very important, but the school readers are soooo boring. Both my DDs love reading and being read to, so we have a huge selection plus going to the library.
I think the homework should be there, but not compulsory. I certainly don't think that children should be kept in at play time if they have not completed the homework.
There seems to be so much pressure put on the children about homework at our school. Even at the class information sessions there was pressure put on the parents about making sure the homework is done etc etc etc.
My grade 5/6 class are required to read at least 4 nights a week and practice their 10 spelling words at least 3 nights a week, and I don't think it is unreasonable.
It has been researched and reported (and I would link but can't remember where I read it atm) that children who spend 10 minutes every night reading out of school are at a huge advantage to those children who just don't get the same opportunities to practice reading.
I also believe that if parents show their children at home that reading and and writing are just as important outside the school setting, there would be less resistance inside the classroom as well. It's great to have parents that fully back up a teachers requests so we can present a united front together. To aid them, I always includes tips and hints on how best to help children with their home reading in the school newsletter.
I would say my class hovers around the 50-75% participation rate in homework.
For us all it does is take away from precious family time and causes a lot of unecessary stress.
I do. Homework fosters home/school partnerships and as Shelle says is a great form of communication to parents. My preference for is for inquiry based learning where children are working on things which are interest based and which they have a set amount of time to complete - to fit in around things like family commitments etc.
Homework is a great way for parents to see how their child approaches learning tasks, their ability to focus etc, parents and teachers can then have conversations based on things they have observed.
I don't believe homework should be onerous or impact on after school activities or family time.
Do the children in your class get kept in for not completing their homework? Just curious lol
My DD was in tears from lunch time yesterday about going back to school today because of the homework and the work within the classroom
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