Elementry school homework?

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Elementry school homework?
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Fri, 03-14-2008 - 11:16am

This is an issue that effects both SAH and WOH.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Fri, 03-14-2008 - 12:03pm

That's hard for me to answer because I don't have children in school yet, but

1. How much is too much?

When it is being used to teach the children the material rather than as a refresher of what was learned, and if it takes more than 2 hours to complete all their homework, that's too much. They've been in school for 7 hours; they shouldn't need to spend several more afterwards. Otherwise why the heck are they in school all that time?

2. When is it useful?

When it's used as a refresher or as a way to more solidly integrate some of the concepts learned in class.

3. Should it be given a grade or just marked as complete?

It should be given a grade. I've seen what happens when you just mark it complete - people just write anything and don't actually think about the material. I mean, if it was a lovely day outside and my worksheet isn't going to be graded, then my thought process goes:
#1 - yes
#2 - California
#3 - apples
#4 - the Magna Carta
PLAY TIME!

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Registered: 10-24-2007
Fri, 03-14-2008 - 12:15pm
I think that 2 hours (per day) would be an awful lot ot the youngest end of elementary school.
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Fri, 03-14-2008 - 12:50pm

Woops! You're right. I guess my mind was thinking more of middle school than elementary school. I think 30 minutes is more than enough for a 1st grader, and although a 5th grader could handle more, I still think that they shouldn't have more than an hour of homework (on a heavy day, like working on a science project).

It's been soooooo long since elementary school, LOL! After 22 years *in school*, I can't remember a time that I had less than an hour of homework. :-p

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 03-14-2008 - 1:12pm

Well, you know my answers already...but I will post them again for you, lol.


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Fri, 03-14-2008 - 1:52pm

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Registered: 03-27-2000
Fri, 03-14-2008 - 2:30pm

I agree with Pumpkin.


My kids have homework starting in first grade but so far, it hasn't been graded.

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Registered: 04-04-2005
Fri, 03-14-2008 - 2:37pm

My daughters are in 2nd grade and this is their homework:


They will get a science worksheet that is usually very easy.


They have to read for 15 min and write a little reflection about what they read. - This one is easy for my girls because they love to read and will do it for over 1 hour a day.


They have a math packet given on monday and to turn in on Fri. 1-2 math worksheets a day - only takes

 

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 03-14-2008 - 2:53pm

I think a little homework in elementary school is fine, but that it should mostly be reading and math practice.

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Fri, 03-14-2008 - 3:04pm

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Fri, 03-14-2008 - 3:57pm

Daniel gets an insane amount of homework for a kindergartener.


About an hour-hour and a half a week for written assignments in a packet that is sent home in the beginning of the week and a book and worksheet to do over the weekend.

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