Tammy - posted on 09/07/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
My daughter is 7 years old and in 3rd grade. It's the 3rd day of school and already she's spending hours at the kitchen table doing homework. This is elementary school, not high school for goodness sake! Anyway, because she is a gifted student with a GIEP, the teacher assigns her EXTRA homework, not just alternative, more difficult assignments. So she gets the same stuff everyone else does, plus extra assignments that are more difficult.
She also gets more spelling words to study than everyone else. All this translates into her spending hours at the kitchen table.
I always insist homework gets done before anything else, but at the rate she's doing this, she comes home, does her homework, eats dinner and goes to bed. There's no down time for her and she is only 7! I know she's more than capable of doing those difficult assignments, so it's not the difficulty I'm frustrated with, it's the shear volume of work she's doing. It's got me so frustrated I almost want to take her off the gifted program and just let her be bored in class, the way it used to be. Today she broke down in tears just because of all the work, she's overwhelmed.
Has anyone else had this problem, if so how did you handle it?