Well, as you may have heard on the news today a study has come to the conclusion that homework is of no benefit to primary school students.
What is your opinion or experience? (This is a civil discussion and sharing time - if something inappropriate is written I will ask for the thread to be closed)
My opinion - Both as a parent and a teacher I have seen how relevant and ability-appropriate exercises have benefited children who have:
a) needed extra time spent on concepts in order to learn them, ie. phonics
b) spent a little extra time at home learning the week's spelling words
c) practiced the maths concepts we learnt the week before in class
d) taken the time to learn the times tables
In my experience there is not enough time in class to learn the times tables in its entirety...unless your child is in the top maths class where most concepts are picked up quickly anyway. When we grew up we learned the majority of our tables at home as part of our homework. Similar with spelling, but was wondering if less emphasis is now placed on spelling by society due to devices with spell check now.
I also agree with not giving kids too much homework - a little bit of reading, some spelling, times tables and maths where necessary. For young kids - 20 mins, no more and only 3-4 days a week. Kids need time to get out and play and be kids too.
What gets my goat...when lazy teachers photocopy a 'homework' book with generic English (spelling, grammar) and maths exercises that are not leveled at the child's ability and have nothing to do with reinforcing what they have learnt in class or focus on 'essential' concepts that need the extra time.