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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomsie View Post
    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.
    Absolutely agree!!

    I think it's also very important for kids to see parents reading and enjoying books .. The amount of homes without books here in oz is horrible!!

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    Default Do you believe in homework?

    Nope - if the teacher is doing their job properly a primary school child should not need homework unless it's a special assignment or reading - Montessori does this

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    A small amount is fine I think - its good for kids to see their parents as educators as well IMO... No more than about half an hour of revision type stuff for younger kids though. It also gives parents an opportunity to sit with their kids and see what they are doing at school.

    More project-based homework is ok for older kids, but honestly, they spend so much if their time at school I really think its too much sometimes and can make 'work' seem burdomesome to them, which is not a good thing going into the workforce later!

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    Default Do you believe in homework?

    I think it's fine, it prepares them for all the studying they will need to do when they are older.

    My daughter is in a support unit and I've asked them for homework as she isn't made to do the work at school, so I want them to send it home so she can keep up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Nope - if the teacher is doing their job properly a primary school child should not need homework unless it's a special assignment or reading - Montessori does this
    All NSW public schools have a homework policy as required by DEC. The only reason I hand it out is because I have to.

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    Yes - those were daily targets.

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    Default Do you believe in homework?

    I totally misread the title of this thread. I thought it asked if I believed in housework!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyBlackett View Post
    I totally misread the title of this thread. I thought it asked if I believed in housework!
    Hahahaha!! I read the exact same thing and thought well duh! Of course I don't believe in housework!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Nope - if the teacher is doing their job properly a primary school child should not need homework unless it's a special assignment or reading - Montessori does this
    Im shocked at this blank statement. Do you have kids in school and help out at all as a parent helper?

    I started in DS1's class today, hes in Grade 3. Im exhausted after one morning with the kids. Sure you may think a teacher isnt doing their job due to homework having to be done.... Its a very different story! The amount of work that they need to cover in a year as set by the government must be covered or it shows in the childs progress. I know our teachers dont clock in at 830 and clock off at 3!

    Class disruptions from classmates, struggling classmates and helping them join in (meaning slowing down the class activity), assemblies, fire drills, teacher illnesses.... These are the small factors as to why homework can be set home, to keep up with the curriculum!

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    Default Re: Do you believe in homework?

    Quote Originally Posted by NancyBlackett View Post
    I totally misread the title of this thread. I thought it asked if I believed in housework!
    Hahaha! I wish we didn't have to believe in it.

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