Originally Posted by KestrelDream
I don't have rules for homework. I feel my kids spend more than enough time in school. If a teacher complains about homework being done, I'm very quick to point out the research on the usefulness of homework, and that they have my kids most of the day, so I would hope they are learning/reinforcing academics there.
I can reinforce their learning and instill responsibility/study habits in my own way..thankyouverymuch. I don't need someone to tell me how to educate my kid after they are done trying to do so.
If they want to do it, fine. I will certainly support them....but I make sure they understand that it is an option..and education is so much more than what the schools push. I will not allow someone to tell us how to spend our time after school. To me, it is incredibly asinine.
Yea, I really need to homeschool, lol.
I let my kids relax, play, and learn about things they love. End of story.
That sounds like us. Only, if my child refuses to do it (and wow, he really can) then I leave it up to him and his choices. I don't push or even ask my Kindergartner about his homework...to me it's absolutely ludacris he gets it at all!
I'm the poor teacher's nightmare....but I see so many in this thread are every teacher's dream. It's going to be neat to see in 20 or so years if NCLB and the more rigorous academics payed off. Especially how Kindergarten is now.
One thing homework is really good at instilling in an early age is "work first, play then". My parents were very much like you. Thinking homework unnecessary since really, for me and my siblings it was just pointless repetitions of things we had already learnt. Especially in primary school.
Not being in the habit of doing our homework (unless it was fun) was all fine for primary school, but once we entered secondary school the problems started.
In secondary school homework was not just about reinforcing what we had already been taught in class. It was not countless pages of writing the letter "a", nor learning how the mathematical function of addition works. Suddenly, we had real assignments such as writing a paper on the French revolution or preparing a presentation of the life of the bumblebee. The assignments in short covered material that was not covered in class (or just touched upon in class).
Suddenly, we had to start doing our homework/assignments as they truly became part of our school work. No longer pointless. But being brought up with the firm belief that homework was something that was not really necessary...
Well, for me, it was not that much of a problem. I really liked learning about things on my own. To write the papers. To get praise from my teachers. But for my little brother the case was rather different.
He was used to coming home and be able to do his thing until dinner. In his early teens, this meant hanging in front of the computer...which we all know can make time fly like nothing else. The assignment he had pushed one day ahead of himself was soon due the very next day...and well, he couldn't finish an assignment that had stretched over a month in an afternoon. Thus, he didn't hand in the assignment. Which did badly effect his grade.
Now, some of you may blame my parents for not being stricter with him. But how do you force a tween to do their homework if they really don't want to? If they don't see the point? In the best case, the teacher did get something sloppily and grumpily written which did also, of course, reflect badly upon his grade.
Still to this day (I am a Master student) I dearly wish my parents had insisted upon instilling in us the habit of doing our homework before playtime each and every day. It is an invaluable lesson, perhaps not when you are five, nor ten but at twenty it really is. Especially if laziness runs in your family (like it does in mine).
As for getting homework done it depends on the rhythm of your child.
You know how some people are morning persons, and some are night owls? It applies to children too. For some it will work best to do their homework while having breakfast (just set the alarm half an hour earlier than usual, so they can both eat and work without stressing). For some, it really is better to do the homework after dinner, when they have new energy from the food. It really depends on the energy levels of your child, I think, when homework is best done. There is no one pattern fits all.
As for getting homework done right after school...how does your concentration fare after a day at work? Would you be able to sit down and concentrate on anything, straight through the door? I usually find I need a full meal before my concentration levels are back up and always have, ever since I was a child.
p.s. It is a great idea not to allow any screen time for undwinding...that steals time and zaps energy like nothing else.
Edited by Lovesong - 10/30/11 at 5:11am