homework in 1st grade

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homework in 1st grade
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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 3:57pm
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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 5:00pm

My daughter is in first grade too!

 

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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 8:37am
Wow, that sounds REALLY excessive to me. I have a son in 2nd and a son in 6th -- and even the 6th grader's homework usually takes less than an hour -- and he is in all advanced classes! What do the other kids' parents in the class think about the amount of homework? I would try to find out that you are not alone, and I would definitely discuss this with the teacher. The rule of thumb I have always heard is, 10 minutes a day of homework for each grade level is an appropriate guideline. So first graders should only be doing about 10 minutes of homework a night.
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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 9:44am

yeah i was thinking 10 minutes of homework a night was like the normal standard.


the other moms in his class dont really talk to much to me i am the youngest mom there i am 25 and i think the one closest in age is about 45. they mostly just stand there looking at me all funny. if i say hi they walk away. one mom who is also a room mom and cafeteria worker i think started it all because she wont talk to me because i wont let my child go spend the night at her house.


i said it was fine at first but then she was supposed to pick devon up one friday night from my work and she never showed up. she had even told him and me at school that day that they would be there. that really got devon crying he wanted to go so bad. so monday at school devon told her he was upset and she sent a letter home saying that she told devon he could come the following sunday, and hopefully her sons room and there house would be clean by then. well i was kinda skeptical about that. (so if the house isnt clean then your just not gonna show up again even though you just told my kid he could come this weekend). but we waited and she never called or showed up again. so after that i told devon that he wasnt going to be able to go because we had stuff we had to do. it was the weekend before halloween and so we went to a halloween party instead. devon has asked her if her son could spend the night with us and she says she dosent allow him to spend the night at strangers houses. wth!


so every since then i dont get to join the "group" of parents. but oh well they all have issues anyways. but yeah i dont talk to them so i have no clue what they think about the homework

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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 9:12pm
My son is also in 1st grade.
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Registered: 10-04-2007
Thu, 11-08-2007 - 7:01pm

Hi Kym,


That is crazy! My dd is in 1st grade at charter school. She has 10 wall words she has to know and the teacher tests them on them weekly, but she has only 1 worksheet a night. She has the w words worksheet on M & T and W & TH she has a math sheet (both sides). She also takes Spanish class at her school.

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Fri, 11-23-2007 - 5:20pm

DS usually has ten words a week. However, the spelling homework just seems over the top to me. For instance when my older DS was in 1st grade his spelling homework was as follows: Monday-write words three times
Tuesday-write in ABC order
Wednesday-write in sentences
Thursday-pretest (written, given at home)
The other 1st grades still do this. However, DS has spelling activities (his teacher put laminated cards in the front of the spelling notebook). There are about 18 different activities and each one is assigned a point value, 1, 2, or 3 points. They get to pick which activity they would like to do, but by the end of the week they have to have accumulated 10 points. That means they have to pick at least 2 3-point activities during the week (on Thursday they have to do a spelling activity plus a written pretest). I find some of the 3-point activities very hard for 6 and 7-year olds. For example: Write all of your spelling words in a story or write all of your spelling words in a letter to a friend. It's hard enough for them to write sentences, but now the sentences have to come together in a story? Take three of your words and write them in an acrostic poem. Assign each letter a value (consonants 2pts and vowels 5pts) and add up each word (this has what to do with spelling?). Also on the spelling tests she had each child write down his emergency telephone number and they got points off for not knowing it. While I agree it's a good thing for my son to know my cell phone number, I really don't see why this would be counted on a spelling test.

Sorry about the vent, but I think his teacher goes a little overboard with the spelling expectations. Usually in addition to his spelling homework he has a math worksheet (they are currently learning penny/nickel exchanges) and one other worksheet.

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Tue, 11-27-2007 - 10:22pm

That sounds excessive for a first grader!

Mommy to 2 boys, born 8/00 & 5/05.  Married 4/96.
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Sat, 12-01-2007 - 3:02pm

I'm a lurker, but this discussion got my attention.

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Sun, 12-02-2007 - 5:52pm

I think your

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Sun, 12-02-2007 - 11:40pm

to proptartmommy i was reading your post and noticed your kids's d-day's its funny my kids are 9-00 and 7-05. thats weird!


as far as the mommy homework goes we do alot of other things throughout the week especially on weekends. 2 of my daycare kids (who are also my neice and nephew) they dont go to school and there parents dont do anything with them so i do all kinds of educational activities all day long

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