Originally Posted by SoCaliMommy
Let the homework struggle begin
Alex brought home the 1st homework packet today, I could had sworn they wouldn't be starting it til after back to school night.
Monday is ~
Laguage Arts- Copy spelling words and dictation sentence.
there are 10 spelling words she has to copy each 3 times plus write the sentence 2 times.
Memorize Poem for poetry test on friday
There was an orchard with a tree,
And apples grew upon it.
And apples grew upon it.
Math pages 3 &4
each page has 10 problems total
Read "Tam The Cat" and another book for 15mins
Tam The Cat consists of :
Tam Cat Sat
Tam Cat sat,sat,sat
mark off how many minutes read and parent signs off when they finish that days homework.
The reading sounds like a reasonable amount to have each day. PITA to fill out reading logs, but 15 minutes a day for 1st graders does sound reasonable. Memorizing the little poem doesn't sound too bad either.
But that sounds like WAY too much handwriting to do all that LA plus all that math! I know DS would have struggled with that, especially after a whole day of school.
Originally Posted by freestyler
Ruthla---I hope the homework stress eases up for you soon! I really feel for you. We have a much easier situation. Do you think it's getting any easier now, or it the same, or getting harder? Do you ever think about hiring a school-based tutor to help your kids get more of their work done at school? Are there any free periods for doing homework? By the way, I hope you have had a wonderful and contemplative Yom Kippur.
The homeworks seems to be getting easier for DD2. She still needs me around when doing the work, but she's doing more on her own and needing less help for each little thing. She's definitely gotten the social studies work down- it's still fairly time consuming, but the teacher gives the whole week's assingment at once so she can organize her time fairly well. She's frustrated knowing that her classmates have all weekend to work on it, but she has to fit it in during the school week due to all the holidays.
Math is still a lot of work because her class is "reviewing" what she's learning for the first time. So I basically have to teach algebra every night. My guess is that things will get easier in another month or so when they finish "reviewing" and go onto new material- then the pace should slow down. Alternatively, she'll do poorly on the first few exams and drop down to easier math. Either way, things should get easier in another month or so. Plus, she'll be less pressed for time after the holidays end.
stay 9th period to do homework with the teacher available to help, but she doesn't like that. She wants to do work at home, with me to help her. And I'm capable of helping her, as long as I organize my time so I'm available.
Both girls were incredibly grumpy about having to get up early for school today after fasting yesterday. DD1 was especially upset about it, seeing how, had she gone to a Jewish school this year, she might have had today off.
ETA: I just checked the online school calendar for one of the local Jewish schools. She would have had school today anyway.