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    I do ...but I don't make it a battle...

    I have a 7 YO ina 2/3 class and two 6 YOs in 1st class. They have a home reader (the whole school has a booklet to sign off reading once a night and teh kids can earn certificates) if my lot don't like their reader they can choose something else from the shelf.
    Then they have a spelling sheet and a math sheet..it all comes home on a Monday and is to be handed in on a Friday, so they can do a little bit each day or a lot over a few days.
    They also have a 'show and tell' type of activity that we get told about on the Monday and they present a quick chat to theirclass on teh Friday (for EG, this past week was they had to take a photo of their family and talk about who everyone was and what they do)
    There are also little boxes on the Homework sheet that requires a parents signature (not just for the above) but for a physical actvity [eg rrun around your backyard 5 times, or ride your bike] and discuss "topic" with your parents - this past week was "Respect".

    We manage to fit it all in, we might skip a reader here or there if we have swimming on or everyone is over tired and they'd prefer to listen to me read to them at bedtime. Or depending on my work commitments.
    ..but, I think it provides a good connection between parent and teacher and student.

    We have all sorts of activity books at home anyway - but it is good to be able to see where they are up to as a class, and where they need help/support.

    we usually squeeze spelling/maths sheets in whilst I'm cooking dinner - so the three of them are at the table and I can still be doing something and hovering around if they need me.

    I'm kinda dreading Highschool though - my youngest sister is 14 and has HOURS of homework to do - no wonder there are so many kids burning out.

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    I agree with nomsie. Reading and spelling are paramount. I can tell when children have done their spelling homework or not. Maybe a bit of times tables at home wouldn't go astray

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    I don't consider reading homework though. That is just what people do every night isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    I don't consider reading homework though. That is just what people do every night isn't it?
    I always used to, and we used to enjoy it. Now we read the books dictated by the school, which has replaced our fun and exciting reading we used to do together. I absolutely consider it homework now just as I did in high school when the books were given to us to read which replaced the reading I loved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheerilee View Post
    It makes the afternoons not enjoyable it ends up stressing the whole household out. I only have the two children so I can only imagine how hard it would be for you.

    Seems here that once one is upset about their homework then the other is upset about hers as well. Neither of them don't want to do it as they then get kept in at play time.

    Maybe it is time for me to talk to the school about their homework expectations

    I would be FURIOUS if my young child was kept in at play time to do homework.

    My DS loves writing and reading anyway so most of his time at home is spent writing in one of his many notepads. When he shows me his work I correct his spelling but dont make a big deal out of it. He is expressing his feelings and I dont want to turn that into a right/wrong thing. Plus he reads a book to me every night before bed (his choice not mine) so I think he is getting plenty of reading and writing practice at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    I don't consider reading homework though. That is just what people do every night isn't it?
    No, there are plenty of parents who don't read to their kids.

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    Yes, I think homework is a good idea, for my DS1 anyway, who has just started Yr 1, and who had structured homework last year too. Sometimes, he struggles to finish set tasks at school, mainly because he gets distracted... So we do about 10 mins each morning at home- he usually gets an activity sheet to complete before Friday and a home reader, and sometimes has to write a story in his journal. There is no way on earth we could attempt homework in the afternoons- he is just too tired and can't focus, so that is his down time. We do reading before bed. We are up bright and early, so mornings work better for us for homework. Mind you, I am on mat leave at the moment, so that may have to change at some point. I also think it is important to have some one on one learning time, which we can do at home but can't always be achieved at school.

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    Default Do you believe in homework?

    I believe the school should offer parents guidance in age/development appropriate learning to do at home "if" they choose to encourage it.

    I do not believe it should be "set" or "corrected" by the school.

    If parents would like to read, do time stables, practice spelling etc with their children then great but I don't think it should be prescribed by the school.

    My reasons;

    1 the school is responsible for learning during school hours, parents should be responsible the rest of the time!

    2 often "set" homework is done by parents or not at all. This means often teachers are wasting time chasing up incomplete homework or correcting parents work...

    3 I think it is vital for children to have time to be just children and have quality family time.

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    I really don't think that one size fits all, some kids are going to thrive doing homework, some are not. Some will be good academically, others will be artistic, others good at sport etc. I really hate the one size fits all mentality and this falls into that category. But I still think 5 is too young for homework

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    I do believe in homework. I think at primary level its purely habit-forming, and should be minimal. I love sitting down with dd1 after school and doing her reading (tho she's only just started prep lol)
    Later on in primary when they are really learning something, i think its important to cast an eye over the days work. I think it helps to imprint that knowledge on the brain.
    And at highschool level I think its absolutely essential, to teach them to use their own brains, manage workloads independently and build confidence in their own abilities.
    But its equally important to have some balance. Bodies need exercise just as much as brains, and downtime/relaxation, plus some fun, and doing something around the house (chores etc). That's life.

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