Where are the days of your 2nd grader coming home with a new project to grow a plant and just watch the transformation and jot down notes, or draw a picture of the entire family, write their names above the pictures then stand up and present it. What about reading parts of a book for 15 minutes with your child or solo for homework then standing up in front of the class to talk about what you read?
OK, I may touch on a hot topic but I think our children (Well some of them depending on your school district you are in) are being pressured WAY to hard and given too much homework at way to early of an age!
I dug into the net and found that on average your child should do 10mins or homework per grade. So that means 1st graders: 10 mins, 2nd graders: 20 mins and so on.
Well last night Isaac (my 7yo 2nd grader came home with the following for homework)
1 – show 10 examples of fractions in drawings.. like 1/3, 1/8, 4/8, 3/6 and so on. He had to draw a shape then show the fractions by dividing the shape then shading them accordingly.
2 – write his 10 spelling and 5 bonus words 3 times each and write their vowel sounds
3 – write 3 sentences about Honduras and 3 About America
4 – draw 7 clocks on a sheet of paper and show the times 10:55, 9:15… and so on
5 – solve and draw 3 math word problems. One problem was: Susie has 29 pieces of gum, she shares them equally with 4 kids. How mane pieces does each child get and how many pieces of gum are left over We ended up drawing the problem out!
THEN on top of that we were to read for 20minutes… HELLO??? Is he preparing for his darn SAT’s or WHAT? This is 2nd grade for Heavens Sake.
Tthis poor kid got home at 3:30 worked til 4:30, took a break then hit the books again.
After he was done I took each sheet of homwork that he did, and wrote on the top of each page Exactly how much TIME it took to complete it. I then added up the total time, letting the teacher know he was focused and I felt it was far too much work for him to be given and I asked for a conference to speak with her to find out more about her strategies for this amt. of work.
I was burning HOT. He ended up cranky, exhausted and in bed by 8pm!!
UGH!! I think I am more or less venting here but I would love to hear your homework stories (the good, bad and ugly) if you have any.