oh @anewme that is terrible.
I just a balance my experience with teachers with some good stories. If you added together all my kids years at school so far, it would 39 years (dd1 12, d's1 10 etc)
When dd1 got Ross river fever her teacher allowed her to attend for just 1 lesson if that is all she could manage that day. She was absolutely fantastic. She made sure she didn't get any grade as she knew it devastate her not to get A's.
Currently ds1 special needs teacher has gone way beyond what you would expect for her. For 2 years now she has given him a hour and half hours every week after school helping him with his asignments. This on top of the 2 hours in school that she takes him out of class to work one on one with him. If he having a really bad time he gets more time. She happily helps him in lunch times and after school on other days if he asks for help. With this help he has gone from straight d's to getting some c's. Honestly I love the woman and her little team. They have changed ds1 world and in doing so they have changed mine.
Just a question those anti homework. How will your kids cope in high school when they need to do 2-4hrs per day of homework/assignments? I was of the opinion that primary school homework was there to get kids used to sitting down every evening to study. Sort of habit making.
I grew up in India and we had heaps of homework, exams and assessments from year 1. It was normal for me to sit down 1-2hrs every day in the evening with homework. After we moved here in yr4 My parents used to make us sit done every evening 5-6pm for homework and if we didn't have homework mum set us other work to do. Even in holidays we had reading/writing/maths to do every morning for 1-2hrs right till yr 8/9 when we started part time work.
I guess I'm curious as to how kids cope with the extra workload of middle/high school if they aren't used to some outside school study.
E.T.A - I do already do all of the above with my kids and we go to the library every week but its sad that so many children are missing out on how fantastic reading is. And 40 minutes of reading with a 6yr old whose been at school all day and just wants to run around and play...is hard haha
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I was always a strong advocate of homework until I actually had a child in school and learned to appreciate that it can be a real PITA! DS has weekly homework but some days he will be doing something like constructing lego in his room with DD and I figure that what he is doing is such a beneficial activity that I'm reluctant to stop him to make him do his homework. He's being creative with lego (ie, not just following instructions but designing and building things using his imagination), spending quality time with his little sister, learning basic construction and engineering as well as cooperation and working together. Most importantly they are out of my way!!
I'm really not a fan of enforced reading as homework. Best way to kill a love of reading IMO. Especially since most 'readers' are fecking awful. I'd much rather spend 5 minutes having my child practice reading and the other 25 minutes reading an amazing novel to them that sparks a love of stories.
I think the other thing to remember (just in general, not aimed at you particularly R&A) is that learning all day is incredibly taxing. I think we forget that when we're not studying full time. I know that now as an adult if I had to do full days of lectures or learning in some other way for weeks and weeks on end it would be really draining- I've done a few multiple day workshops that went 9-5 over a few days and it was bloody exhausting. So to me, a 9-3 day for a little person is more than enough.
My DD learned to read very early, so was ahead of the readers every year.
As a result she has always simply read her own books. Teacher was always happy as long as she was reading every night.
Which was awesome as it has meant she has developed her love of reading.
She hated reading the readers ...
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