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In another thread, the term "afterschooling" came up and I'm not familiar with it, though I can imagine that it involves enriching your child's life with other learning experiences. Please give information about "afterschooling".<br><br>
Alternatively, please tell us about the things your children do outside of school. Do you think that they are as important as school, or are they better/less important/more important than what your children do in school and homework?<br><br>
At our house, everyone takes music lessons and has one other activity (ballet for dd and hockey for ds) besides school. I think we are going to have a good year. Aside from those things, the kids do what they want when they want (except for TV and eating junk food). At one point last winter, dd had four activities (music lessons, speed skating, cross-country skiing and Brownies) outside of school and we all thought we'd go crazy.<br><br>
Does homework affect what your children can do?<br><br>
Any and all comments welcome!
 

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What automatically came to mind after seeing the title of the thread was when parents sit down with their children after school and tell them that what they learned in school was basically all wrong, like, Columbus didn't discover America and yes you have the right to wear a Peace shirt. And no, you don't have to do your homework!<br><br>
Homework definitely wouldn't be in any afterschooling plan of mine...
 

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Homework sucks!!!<br>
DS8 is given a homework sheet each week and can do it as his own pace throughout the week. He gets home from school not earlier than 4.30 more often around 6, dinner by 6.30 bath and bed by 8.30, even if he gets home by 4.30 it takes an hour each afternoon to do his homework which leaves him an hour a day that is his time alone, not long enough IMO
 

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Grace Llewwllyn has a book on the topic called "Guerrilla learning : how to give your kids a real education with or without school"<br><br>
Her basic premise is to encourage kids that learning doesn't have to be the drudgery that schools make it. Can gives lots of suggestions and examples to keep the childs love of learning alive no matter what their school envionment.<br><br>
But I think you basic idea about enriching learning experiences in right on target.
 

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My oldest dd has the right idea... She does not assign homework unless the children did not do their work during class time. Her theory is that the kids work hard on all these subjects all day long 5 days a week.. after school is time for them to relax and be a kid. Now, if only my 7 year old dd's teacher would adapt to that theory. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">: The last thing I want to do after working all day is spend an hour helping my kids with homework, I want to spend that hour doing fun things with my kids.
 
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