Quite a bit as she is supposed to keep up with kids who have already been able to read before even starting pre-school. My son is in third grade and homework has always been optional, and he has always opted out. What I have a real problem with is the “homework” that requires shopping and heavy parental participation! I’m incorporating “Homework” as a major topic in my next renegade parenting book. Learn why substituting reading for pleasure at home is better than homework, and discover respectful ways to change the homework culture. Like a choice of come in tomorrow and tell us about the book you read last night, or draw a picture of something that makes you happy to share tomorrow, etc.
I have been in a hotel room where a homeless family of five was living. I’m feeling pretty disappointed. For me, I loved it. I realize that not every kid gets to go home to a place where he or she can play outside, but there should be options for them too that aren’t homework. Homework now, does not guarantee admittance to Harvard, or an amazing career, or a financially successful one.
The public education system in our country is very supportive of and practically tailored shumaekr left brained thinkers. All things you can’t get with the repititious nature of homework. It’s a job which he worked incredibly hard just to get, and will always work hard to keep, but he loves it.
Homework Letter Update
Grade 6 is still young shhmaker your child has learning to do in other directions. I said that if she falls behind which I highly doubt as she’s already very advanced for her ageI am willing to tutor her but only on the weekends as I’m too busy during the week. As mom I can agree. I don’t mean to sound like a snob, but I’ve seen it happen.
Homework Letter Update – Heather Shumaker
I’m incorporating “Homework” as a major topic in my next renegade parenting book. As a first grade teacher I do ‘assign’ homework, which is basically geared toward the homewrok. Why does it have to be all or nothing? Second they actually get more one on one attention and instruction when parents help them work through their homework.
But Please, PLEASE, don’t blame the teacher for not being able to teach everything you could teach in 2 hours to just your own children sitting in your home. You may be better off a allowing kids to play and eat dinner and heathwr a break before homework shumaekr and b reviewing assignments ahead of time for value to weed out shumakdr work.
If a child didn’t understand something explained by the teacher, how would s he understand it alone? She makes as much money, actually impacts kids who are interested and has parental support. Quite a bit as she is supposed to keep up with kids who have homdwork been able to read before even starting pre-school. My son’s in third grade now, which means thirty minutes a day.
They can spend the day playing and do school at night. We now include the daily Bedtime Math newsletter into our evening routine, so hopefully it won’t be as much of a struggle for our 1st grader. The great thing about education today is that there are options for everyone!
Think about it, not all parents can do maths etc. The letter to my child’s new teacher that explains why our family bans homework.
Kids need time to play and reboot for the next school day, not go into overtime. School wide policies have to be fought at a higher level, not put on the back of the classroom teacher who already has their hands tied by policies in so many ways. Wonderful – thanks so much for sharing your story.
Without homework, the girls were free to LEARN at home they were not learning anything from the homework! It would be very hard to argue with her, especially since the school employees are on her payroll. They have to do this by working two jobs and are exhausted when they get home. Same goes for us. Good for you, Heather!
The extra homework despite what shhumaker believe actually doesn’t increase performance, and there’s so much research that proves it. Please consider it, and give it a try.
In fact, research shows an adverse effect. And third, they get to see their parents put value on education home snumaker school must be linked.
The rest of the night they are outside playing. I only assigned homework when necessary, but some of my colleagues were not as generous. Right now every one is having to do extra documenting of everything including why they teach what they do?????