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    Default Do you believe in homework?

    As the title states, do you believe in homework? Why/why not?

    DD is a few years off school, so it's not an issue with us yet. Ideally, schools would encourage reading. Choose a book to your liking, read it, then talk about it/write a summary. I think children spend enough time at school, they don't need to extend it to after hours.

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    I am fine with a small amount of homework....a worksheet or reading book is fine. But my son will not be doing hours worth of homework. He gets 6hrs at school to learn and do his work and I wont be forcing him to do school work at home.

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    No i dont

    I think 6 hours a day is plenty, especially for young / primary school aged children.

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    Nope, I don't. Ideally, I don't think school work should cut into family time outside the 9-3. Kids will learn from their parents as you described OP, simply reading a book together or cooking together or even watching educational tv together. I don't think teachers should have to plan/collect/grade homework either. I wonder what the evolution of homework was? Why did it become expected?

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    Default Re: Do you believe in homework?

    I think homework in primary school should be supplementary to school work and not mandatory. It is great if kids want to do extra learning at home, especially if their parents have time to help. If kids are struggling with work at school and don't have enough time to finish it there then taking it home to get some of it done it also a good idea.
    In high school it is a different story. I think they need to prepare kids for uni by encouraging them to do their own research and complete projects/essays out of school as well as in class.

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    Default Do you believe in homework?

    No I don't. Not until high school anyway.
    Thankfully our school has a no homework till year 3 policy, and then it's only 20 mins or so.
    We do have readers for our year 1 child that are non compulsory

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    Oh, and my reasons?

    It is 4pm by the time we get home. We always go swimming and have a play, then it is time for bath dinner bed. The poor kid would have no down time at all if we had to fit in 30 mins of homework like some of my friends children have! I think at this age play and family time is more important. That's why we do only one after school activity per week (swimming) and nothing on the weekends. That's family time.

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    I do. I like that I can have some involvement in what DD is doing at school. Most of the time when I ask her what she did at school today the best response I get is "I dunno" or "I can't remember".

    I think 10-20 minutes is plenty though. When I worked full time, we didn't get home until 7pm most nights. Fitting 10-20 minutes of reading into the time before she went to bed was very tricky.

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    Default Re: Do you believe in homework?

    I do. My daughter is 4.5 in a prep/yr 1 clasd and has sight words, poem activities and she gets 2 letters a week to learn.
    I have loved helping her learn and watching her get excited when she gets something.
    A teacher cant always give one on one praise and my daughter thrives on it so im glad i can help her do better. If she is obviously tired or over it we dont push it though.

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    I believe in a little bit, perhaps a reader and a short homework sheet. I think 10 mins work each day is more than enough. I like to see what DD has been learning and that she is going OK with it.


 

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