Homework!

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Homework!
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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 11:09am

Yikes...Ian had homework almost each day last year in kindergarten.

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In reply to: jenastar
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 1:14pm
For 1st grade??? Wow! Nathan is in 2nd and has had no homework yet. His teacher is very anti homework, she keeps them on task and gets it done at school except for daily math sheet, reading, and practicing spelling. Alex had her and she really means less then 20 min a day. Alex is in 4th and it hasn't been too bad so far. 2 little work sheets and spelling words. Last year was really bad, he'd have around 45 min a day and I found out it is because he wasn't getting it done at school. Teacher's fault for not planning well or his fault for being slow I don't know but it was too much for a 3rd grader especially after having so little in 2nd grade. Being only the 2nd week I don't think we've really gotten into a full homework schedule yet.
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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 1:32pm
Yes! He's only in first grade. It's not that bad as long as he sits down and does it, but there are days he wants DH to come home and help him with it. Of course, those are days when DH isn't in "homework mode." I try to have him get a paper or two done before DH gets home so at least half of it is done, but sometimes he just doesn't want to cooperate. And it doesn't help that the other kids in the neighborhood are outside whooping it up while he's stuck at the table doing homework. I've tried to let him go out for 30 minutes of play, but then it's like the fun just starts only to have to go in and do the work. Then, I tried to have him do it right when he got home while he has his snack. That seems to be my best bet, getting him to sit down right when he gets home. But yeah, four worksheets (some are front and back) plus a book just seems like a lot to me. I understand that this is a "four star school" in our state, but some of the work just seems like stuff to keep them busy. When he sits down and focuses, he flies through it. He's just so bored with what they want him to do that he gets cranky. :(

And it's not stuff he didn't get to finish in school. It's all additional. I think one day he had one problem that didn't get done during school, so he had to do that one as well.
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In reply to: jenastar
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 1:33pm
Oh, and it's AWESOME when he has to color things with a certain color and we find out that Miss Lucy has wandered off with the red crayon. Really, who would have thought a red crayon would be the end of the world? -And that reminds me that I need to get a new box of crayons because I think the purple one has also walked away.
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In reply to: jenastar
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 2:30pm
LOL... I stocked up when they had them for 40 cents so I have a stash of new boxes... Yeah I get the 4 star thing but if it really is just busy work it doesn't seem worth it. Our schools follow the general rule, 10 minutes per grade...
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 12:24pm
10 min. per grade would be nice. Instead, it's pretty much 10 min. per sheet. Maybe it won't seem so bad once he really gets into the habit of doing it each day.
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In reply to: jenastar
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 6:46pm
That's too much homework and I would recommend talking to the teacher about it. If he has that much because he's not getting it done at school, then you've got to figure out why he's not finishing. If it is class-wide, I'd ask other parents how their kids are handling it. I was an elementary teacher up until a year ago and I would never send home that much homework. Kids need a break. 4 star school or not.

Manda :)

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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 10:07am
Thanks. It's nice to hear from a teacher's point of view. I'm going to talk to one of the other parents tonight and see what she thinks about the homework load. We see them twice a week for a class the boys take, so it will be interesting to see how other kids are handling it. It really does seem like a lot of work to me.