Homework Question

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Homework Question
Thu, 08-05-2004 - 8:27pm

With school either just starting or about to start for most of us, I was wondering how everyone handled the ol'homework routine?

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Thu, 08-05-2004 - 9:58pm
I have found if I don't make them come home and do there homework when they get home from school then it doesn't get done. I let them come home and have a snack and then get to the books. The only thing that I let them wait on is the 30 reading every night. Other then that everything gets done.

I hate making them do this. But it is the only way that I know that it gets done. And I also sit down with them and help them with anything that they might need help with. We don't have that much homework yet. I have a 7 & 10 year old. 7 going to 1st and 10 going to 4th. Plus the fact that we usually have something else going on in the evenings. (sports, reading center etc...)


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Fri, 08-06-2004 - 9:13am

I have found if I don't make them come home and do there homework when they get home from school then it doesn't get done...

I hate making them do this. But it is the only way that I know that it gets done. And I also sit down with them and help them with anything that they might need help with...

If the time ever comes that I end up living with DSO and the boys, they'll be doing their homework after school (they're both procrastinators, big time). DSO is a little more lax about homework than I would be if I were around more often. The boys come home and immediately go outside to play and don't come in until dinner.

If they come home with homework, then it's started after dinner. For some reason YSS doesn't have much homework during the week (usually spelling or something else that's relatively short). OSS had almost no homework during the week except when "big projects" came up.

DSO will sit down with the boys and help them if something stumps them, but there are times when he helps them too much (especially OSS).


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Fri, 08-06-2004 - 11:55am
I found out it's almost different each night because of 2 boys in sports. Plus, their really good friends get home from their schools an hour before the boys, so many times their homework is done.

It also depends on how much homework, because it can vary quite a bit from night to night. I guess I just don't have a set time each night. If they have very little, I'll let them do it after dinner. If i know they have alot, I let them play for 30-60 minutes, then make them begin even if their friends are out.

I also like them to have a break right after school. I would prefer they get it done right away, but I know that's hard for them to do.

Actually, I don't think the way I do it is probably the best way. I suppose I need to have a set time each night. I guess it's just that when it starts getting dark, I like them to be able to play outside as much as they can. We don't get home from school until 3:20.

Sorry not much help.


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Fri, 08-06-2004 - 12:29pm
DS11(12 this coming Monday) is going into 7th. I've never had him do homework right after school as his school is very challenging (even with him in the g/t program) and he needs time to come home to 'decompress'. Tu-Th, the middle school has some awesome after-school activities, so he often doesn't get home til close to 5pm. So he either uses his after-school activity time to wind down, or he does it at home, we eat (usually done by 5:30), and he works til whenever (and practices violin, etc.). Once he's done, he can have more time on his own, or we read together (not sure how much longer that'll last, but I'll take it while I can!). He's in that groove by now, and it really works for us.


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Fri, 08-06-2004 - 3:41pm

We have to be pretty careful with Sean, and look over the work that must be completed each day.

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Fri, 08-06-2004 - 3:44pm

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Fri, 08-06-2004 - 9:29pm
Well we tried the whole homework after dinner thing so they could have time to play with friends and to take a break from school. Didn't work - they never got in bed on time which of course meant them waking up grumpy. So what they are allowed to do is, come in, change clothes, get a snack, relax a few minutes or whatnot - but the rule is - within thirty minutes of coming in from the bus they have to have started their homework. After one hour they get a 15-30 minute break (depending on how much more they have left). Then it's back to work. But normally they would have their stuff done within the hour (minus reading time which is done after dinner) or very nearly after an hour. My oldest (rising 6th grader) would sometimes have two hours worth of homework to do but not often.

And like I said, reading is done after dinner (unless they really wanted to read before then instead of playing) as a part of our bedtime routine. The whole family reads during this time.


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Sun, 08-08-2004 - 4:04pm
It usually depends on what the afterschool activities and how much homework there is. I perfer to let her do it after dinner because i think kids need a break from schoolwork but that isn't always practical. My daughters favorite time is when I am making dinner but that isn't always enough time. She can sit in the same room and I can't help her while I cook.

This past week the amont of homework was minimal and she had swimming practice right after school got out. She just got everthing done (except the reading) while I made dinner. In the past when we had softball practice she would have to do 1/2 hour of homework before practice and then come home and finish. Our school gets out late and were aren't home until 3:30. Often afterschool activities start by then.

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