I have been watching these studies come out with interest. I could never understand how setting ridiculous amounts of homework for 5,6,7 year olds - after they are totally drained just from being at school - could be a good thing. And it appears that I was right. There is plenty of evidence coming out suggesting that it makes to difference to learning.
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21-08-2014 14:29 #21Senior Member
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21-08-2014 14:30 #22
I havnt went through and read all the replies. I'm in two minds. Homework in the afternoon is tedious when the kids have been at school all day and want to rest or if you have after school activities or you yourself work.
BUT, I notice when dd does her homework it helps. For three reasons I think
* the extra practice reinforces and helps it stick
* she enjoys me taking interest in her school work
* the one on one time she gets at home with me really helps.
Dds homework consists of, readers, sight words, calculations and spelling words.
It also helps me gauge where she is and what she's capable off. So if the teacher says one thing I can show what she can do at home.
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21-08-2014 14:37 #23
Homework is such a contentious issue, people have different beliefs based upon their own experiences.
My personal beliefs on homework in the primary years are...
P-2 - is useful to build home/school relationships and should not be used to teach new concepts or compulsory. There should not be any pressure for parents or children feeling they need to comply it should be used to strengthen a love of learning.
3-6 - is useful to begin developing good homework habits - it should not be used to teach new concepts and should have flexibility of choice and timeline e.g.: offer a range of choices for children to do over a time frame like 2 weeks, it should not be onerous for the child or the parent and should complement classroom taught concepts.
21-08-2014 15:05 #24
My 5 yo (in preprimary) was getting more homework than her 8 yo sister (year 3). Reading, sight works and sounds. It was ridiculous. She moved to a new school and now gets one reader every 2nd day. Soooo much better. She can actually manage it without tears. And most importantly we can take time doing it so she understands what she's doing.
As for older kids our teacher gives them projects which they love doing. They get a bit of spelling but very low key.
21-08-2014 15:20 #25
DS1 (6yo, grade 1) gets a home reader every night. I was fine with it until we got to home readers with chapters. Takes us around 30-40 minutes to do properly, with discussion etc) and IMO thats too much for a 6yr old. Especially cos some of the readers are ridiculous.
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21-08-2014 15:37 #26
With our son, if he brings home a chapter book we just write down the page numbers he read that night as some do take a few days to get through.
21-08-2014 16:30 #27
My DS is in prep next year, and I know that his school sets homework. I hope we get teachers who aren't homework obsessed because he won't be doing much of it if I think it's too much. Even 20 minutes a night- it's heaps. We won't be getting home till 4-4.30, and eat dinner at 5.30. He's asleep by 7.30 That's a really short window. I won't be having him do homework during the precious few hours he's awake and not at school. I think it's far more important that kids play than sit down and do homework. I'd be happiest with 15 minutes optional reading, and up to 30 minutes over the weekend. More than that and I'll be pushing back against it.
21-08-2014 16:58 #28
I haven't read responses yet, but will.
I'm a teacher, and fundamentally disagree with homework as an expectation.
The best primary homework I've ever seen was a task sheet with things like "read a book with an adult", "help with the grocery shopping", "teach something new to an adult" etc.
There are specific cases where homework may be beneficial, but in my opinion there needs to be a damned good evidence-based reason for setting it.
This is not the first report to suggest that there's no benefit to homework, particularly for primary school kids. And yet...it's still, so often, the expectation. It's things like this (expectations within schools which go AGAINST the best evidence) which are convincing me to leave teaching.
21-08-2014 17:11 #29
I so wish my kids had teachers like you guys.
One teacher that has 2 of kids over 3 years had the attitude that homework must come first and there was never a reason not to do. Even if you were sick it expected that you found out what was given and do it. One day I picked my kids up from school went straight to the ed at the hospital and we didn't leave until after midnight. She was of the mind set that they should have asked the nurse for a pencil because she wouldn't accept it if it was in pen. He was in gr2. She didn't let him attend the end of term pizza party because of it.
21-08-2014 17:15 #30
I think reading every night is essential. I don't consider this 'homework' but more a part of being a good parent independent of school. I think some parents aren't aware of the need to establish a reading habit/setting an example due to their own upbringing. For this reason I think it's good to set for homework.
Sight words, times tables etc are also good to practice at home in a one on one environment.
Other than that I think it's unnecessary.
I actually think it's unnecessary in high school other than writing assignments. There's lots of pressure on kids to earn a wage while studying, there needs to be time for a social life and hobbies at that age. Very important and homework just gets in the way.
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