Looking for homework stories

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Registered: 03-14-2007
Looking for homework stories
Wed, 03-14-2007 - 4:50pm

I'm the mom of a first-grader, and was surprised that my son got homework even in kindergarten. I'm also a freelance writer, and was thinking of exploring this topic in an article -- e.g. how much homework is too much, does it help or hinder, etc.

Does anyone have stories or thoughts to to share about the impact of homework on your kids?


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 03-15-2007 - 1:50pm

My oldest ds is in kindergarten and they occasionally get

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Registered: 08-15-2005
Sun, 03-18-2007 - 7:49am

I think my son gets way to much homework.

It's crazy and stresses him out

Everynight he has a worksheet or 2, then has to read

then has to practice his spelling words that and that takes 15 min or more

then he has to practice his vocab words.


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Registered: 08-30-2005
Sun, 03-18-2007 - 9:47am

My dd is in second grade and has quite a bit of homework every evening. On an average night we do 1 sheet of math, 1 sheet of reading, spelling words, and reading for 15min. All together we spend about an hour doing her work. Then if there is a test or anything that week then that adds to it. The teachers tell us it should only take about 30min. a night.

I also have a ds in 4th grade. I think we spend about 2 hours a night on his. They learn so much more then I ever did at that age.

I think the teachers are getting the kids ready for the standerdized tests that they have to take. I think that they should try and do more with the kids in class, then sending the work home. It is way to much for a child that age. By the time the kids are done with the work, its dinner time, then bath and bed time. When do they get a chance to play?

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Registered: 08-14-2004
Wed, 03-21-2007 - 6:27pm
Hi... I have 3 kids... two in school. One son in the first grade and one son in the second grade and they don't get much home work at all. The first grader normally has some type of reading to do. It has never taken longer than 10 minutes to accomplish. I know the teachers hope that they read at least 10 additional minutes each day as well. He has a math drill each Friday and recieved flashcards at the beginning of the year which we are to practice when ever we feel the need. My second grade normally gets spelling words on Monday that he is expected to know for the test on Friday and normally has reading home work everyday... again this has never taken longer than 10 minutes to accomplish. Teacher in grade 2-7 hope the kids are reading at least 20 minutes each day. He was also given math flash cards to use if needed... that's about it.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 04-22-2007 - 10:19am
I think homework is WAYYYY overdone in this country!

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Sun, 05-06-2007 - 7:45am
This year my son's homework is managable -a work sheet or two a night plus his reading log for which his is required to read 10 minutes for 5 out of 7 nights a week. But last year -kindergarten, I felt the homework was way too much. It was very stressfull and tears were often shed. My school district has mandatory full day kindergarten and then to have any ammount of homework on top of that I think is unreasonable. He would have a worksheet and/or a little book too read most nights, flashcards every monday, and every week they were expected to make a collage featuring the letter they were focusing on using newspaper and magazine clippings- it might sound like a fun project, but every week it was a major ordeal taking sometimes two hours or more over two nights. I think it gave ds a negative attitude about school and homework which I think is contrary to the purpose of kindergarten. I have read that it is recomended that children recieve 10 minutes of homework a night per grade level. I think this limit is reasonable and should be adhered to.
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Registered: 05-17-2007
Tue, 05-22-2007 - 5:13pm

Homework just stresses my daughter out. She is so worried about getting it done, that she now does most of her homework on the bus. If she can't finish it all on the bus, she insists that we sit in the car at the bus stop until she finishes it. She's only in first grade! I've tryed to help her be less stressed about it, but how do you tell a 6 yr old that homework is important but not THAT important? She has a big report/presentation due at the end of the school year. She insisted on doing it the very day she found out about it. Her teacher gave them an entire month to do the report-but she just HAD to do it that night. She cryed when I tryed to talk her into doing it a little bit at a time. She's not this anal with anything other that school work. She had food poisoning, and missed 3 days of school. She was so worried about the missed homework, but too sick to do it-her worry was making her misserable! I ended up calling the school and letting them know what was going on. They ended up 'canceling' all the homework for her so that she could relax and get well. I think they should put an end to all homework. I do think that school should be all year though. They 'forget' so much during that summer vacation.

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