Homework?

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Registered: 04-02-2008
Homework?
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Thu, 01-22-2009 - 9:39am

I just read a really good article on how kids are being bogged down with too much homework and research has shown that it really does not effect test scores.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cl_melissamc
Tue, 02-10-2009 - 2:15pm

That sounds like what my nephew got when he was in K.

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Registered: 04-02-2008
In reply to: cl_melissamc
Sun, 02-08-2009 - 10:43pm
That seems like too much homework to me also.

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Registered: 01-30-2009
In reply to: cl_melissamc
Fri, 02-06-2009 - 4:24pm

My son is in K and he gets a packet of homework each week to bring home. Usually they get it Monday, sometimes Tuesday and then have to turn it in Friday morning. He really has to do at least 2 pages a night to get it all done before Friday morning. To be honest I am a little dismayed to have him have that much homework in K. I don't get out of work until 5pm so by the time he gets home, has dinner, does homework, he has very little time to just play and be a kid or do a family activity. Forget it on nights that he has TKD or needs a bath. I was hoping he would just have reading sent home, but that isn't the case.


They also wanted to put him in an additional music program, but he ended up hating it cause he had to miss recess and library. I felt bad and let him drop it. There will be plenty of time for extras as he grows, but he is a rambunctious little boy and I feel he is better served by having some free play time during the day.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cl_melissamc
Fri, 01-30-2009 - 2:37pm

Lindsay is in K and she gets a homework packet once a month that is turned in during the first week of the following month. They have it set up so that there is 10 to 15 minutes of homework, 4 out of 5 weeknights. So there isn't that much at all. Most of the pages take Lindsay less than 5 minutes to do. Some pages do take longer but it is usually because she is insisting on doing it a certain way and is working that out in her head. Like when they have to draw a picture and write a sentence or two about that picture. She has to have the picture perfect.

In first and second grade she will get a weekly homework packet and it should take no more than 30 minutes to get it all done. In third grade homework was more sporadic. They usually had spelling words weekly and once a month there was some big project due -- Mystery book report and presentation, family history research and ancestor doll, famous person report and presentation, etc. Most of the other homework was stuff they didn't finish in class, studying for a test (social studies and science) was related to spelling practice (sentences of some sort). And then they had to study their times tables as they had timed tests that need to be past in 3rd grade. And from what I am seeing in 4th grade it is much the same this year and next year. The only difference is that when they do have homework it is not suppose to take more than an hour and that includes the 20 minutes of reading nightly they are suppose to do. Philip will occasionally goof around and take longer to do his homework but I have not sympathy for him when he complains because we both know if he was paying attention and working it would have been done a lot sooner. Now like you, I fear middle school homework for him, because it will be so different than what he is use to and it is going to be a hard adjustment for him.

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Registered: 04-02-2008
In reply to: cl_melissamc
Sat, 01-24-2009 - 5:40pm
I'm with you on that.

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In reply to: cl_melissamc
Fri, 01-23-2009 - 10:31am
Since I only have a 10-month-old, homework is not an issue for us. But, as a teacher I did not like giving homework just for the sake of giving it. When I taught 6th grade science I gave the least homework out of our team (the other subject teachers). I just didn't see the point, and completion rates were terrible. I tried to save homework for things that needed doing, like Science Fair projects, makeup work from being absent, or finishing something that was started in class. I personally believe that young children especially need time to play, not sit around doing worksheets. Reading evey night I'm fine with. This is proven to help reading, but other stuff, not so much.
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