I'm not a fan of homework in the early years especially. Reading yes, but even then I think home readers are dull and if my child wanted to read their own choice of text over theirs reader I'd be all for it.
The kids I nanny for get so much homework it's ridiculous. They're in year 4 and 6, and the year 4 girl easily does 1-2 hours a night. She's at an extremely competitive school and her parents expect it to get done so I can't tell her not to bother.
I wouldn't actively discourage my child from doing it but I wouldn't encourage it either. Especially in the amounts my charge gets!
Completely against it until about year 9-10
I don't mind homework in moderation. I quite enjoy guiding my DS through his learning if only for say 15 mins a day. If he's having a big week/tired etc we skip most of it and just do a reader and a spelling list. If he's motivated and we're not busy, we'll do it all.
Nope, I'm with your DH, I don't believe in homework until high school. There is no benefit in primary anyway, there have been lots of research all over the world that says the same thing - no benefit until later high school. Kids should be playing, spending time with sibs and family in the afternoons. Yes they should read every night but we do that as a family ritual at bed as opposed to 'home reader homework'.
Let kids be kids.
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I do it with ds who is in year 3 but 85% of the time it's a b**ch fight to get him to do it. He views it as punishment. I'll often do his spelling in the car to make it a game but I do think at times his homework has been a bit much. In year 1 he had a PowerPoint presentation every 2nd week, a home reader each night and 15 spelling words each week plus 15 maths exercises. On top of that there were 2 projects a term. Now in year 3 it's 2 library books each week plus reading each night, writing 3 lists of 20-25 words each week, 2 projects per term plus a major speech and 11 maths questions each week. I myself loathe it so I can understand why ds fights it. We try to keep a routine going in our house and when he's at his dad's house his dad makes him sit at a table and there's no afternoon tea until it is finished. It's difficult to balance that out as I'm a bit more relaxed
I'm a primary school teacher and both of my boys love homework and have the ability to do it independently. My DS2 who is in prep begs me for him to do more, there's a love of learning there.
As teacher I really despise it. The kids who would benefit most don't do it anyway so I find it quite pointless. I hate marking it and to be honest I'd rather my year 6 students just learn their number facts better.
I really don't get why we need it. Does it mean the school system is failing to educate children "enough" in that 6 hours a day they are already attending? Why does it need an additional hour to cut into family time in the evening? I remember when I was a teenager, there was no way I'd give up that couple hours of daylight after school so I was always the one cramming in homework before class in the morning or on the train on the way to school. I think kids need time to just "be" and if we really need homework than we also need a rethink of what is happening in those 9am-3pm hours. And perhaps a rethink of what is expected of teachers during that time...
Dd is in grade 1 and she has weekly homework, practice words for reading and writing and her reader and it's such a nightmare. She has ADHD and to get her to sit still and focus on her homework of an evening is like pulling teeth. Homework at this age is parental punishment
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