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I would just like to add that we do not learn to spell by memorize 8 - 10 words per week. If a school's spelling program is based on that they are way behind the times in terms of programming based on research. If that's the way we learned to spell we would learn:
10 words per week x 37 weeks (approx) = 370 words per year x 8 years of elementary school = 2960 words. That's not a lot. Most of have a vocabulary of 50,000 or more words (adults - hard to estimate vocabulary but it's certainly more than 3000). We know how to spell most of the words in our vocabulary.
I guess I'm saying it's a waste of time because that is not how we learn to spell.
Your school should have a balanced literacy program, ask them.
That's my two cents, a little off topic but all that spelling homework was irritating me.
I also think kids need to play and spend time with their families and do not need homework to be lifetime learners.
Even though ds1 is doing well so far I feel like he is bound to hate school and learning as he progresses through grades bc of the approach they take. That is my ultimate fear, not that he doesn't spell well or has to use a calculator to help him w/math, kwim?
I feel like learning about the world is what opens your mind to possiblities that you never thought were possible and when you hate learning it CAN lead to a closed minded ingnorant attitude.