Homework books - Why can't she remember?

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Homework books - Why can't she remember?
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Thu, 03-08-2012 - 5:53am

Hi,

My 8 yr old 3rd grade daughter often forgets her books that she needs for homework, especially when there she has to study for a quiz or test.

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Sun, 03-11-2012 - 9:04pm
Yes, they review in school but just a quick review of most subjects. She had to memorize 11 states, then recite, then 10 more then recite, now all 21 that she has learned so far. She really has a lot to memorize even thought they review in school. They get a schedule each week with at least two quizzes and two tests per wk...and everything counts! Get this.....they are already doing algebra. How about that! Is that too much????
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Sat, 03-10-2012 - 1:30pm

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Sat, 03-10-2012 - 11:50am
Spelling words are associated with chapter they are doing in their reading series book. So they do things during the week. Issue is Liam learning issues do create blocks so we do need to work harder at home. He does get extra help in school too part of issue teacher is limited she must follow a schedule if kids need more time she is still pressured to keep to schedule district assigned and with test scores going up not down that's not changing
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Sat, 03-10-2012 - 10:05am
liamsmom724 wrote:

Needless to say last week Thursday I find out at 8pm he has a spelling test next day. I was livid and I could barely read what the words were. After 20 min that consisted of him reading the words saying he knows them me quizing him him stumbling me yelling. DH sent him to bed and told him HE can explain to teacher why he doesn't know them. Needless to say he got a 25. Now I am meeting with her next week over something else but OT will be there so I want back up in asking for PRINTED copies of homework and spelling words!!!

Doesn't he work on the words all week in class?

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Sat, 03-10-2012 - 9:55am
Did she need to do 11 states and capitols in one night? That seems a way to get the information in short term memory but not really learning it. Did she have time to be working on them slowly-a few a night? Are they working on them in class? Same things with spelling worls. They should be working on them all week not just studying the night before. Studying for a quiz should be rereading notes or highlighted material not reading the information the first time. It sounds like there is al t of superficial memorizing happening for the sake of tests.
With the mention of bible work, I am guessing she is in private school. Possibly you want to look into other options.

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Sat, 03-10-2012 - 9:47am

I think she needs a day planner.

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Fri, 03-09-2012 - 3:27pm

She gets very little time during the week to be a kid, except for about 1 hr a day in afterschool care.

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Fri, 03-09-2012 - 8:48am

If you're tired, I can only imagine how your daughter feels!




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Thu, 03-08-2012 - 7:44pm
2.5 hours? When does she get time to be a kid and do hobbies and read stuff she is interested in? Ok, I didn't have home work until 4th grade. And I did just fine. But really, kids need a chance to play, move, and to some extent, chill out after school.

Why the memorization of stuff (state capitols) that is SO easy to look up these days? Seems like busy work....the other stuff seems more appropriate, but still, what are they doing in the school that she has so much to take home?
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Thu, 03-08-2012 - 7:40pm
Wow, the teacher needs to be held accountable for her lack of attention to this matter. We also had the problem of her not writing her homework down correctly but I am glad to say she has overcome that. Fight for your son. I have a mentally challenged older daughter that I've had to fight for all her life.

Oh and get this. Her teacher verbally gave them a page of instructions for a project Nd I didn't find out until 2 days before it was due. I can't believe she wouldn't give it to them in written form. They are still small and learning. So I completely understand the last minute thing.

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