my kindergartener hates to do homework.

Kristina - posted on 04/24/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is a very bright child and does have ADHD. So in turn he does rush thru things. I have tried doing his homework after snack before play, after play and after dinner. No matter what time I try he throws a fit about doing it then rushes thru it and makes it where you cant tell what he has written. He will read to his teacher and pass the reading tests 100% on almost all tests but when I ask him to read to me he acts like he cant sound out words. I need help because we both end up getting so frustrated. Ideas please. thanks

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Charlie - posted on 04/25/2011

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As a former teacher I find the concept of homework for a kindergarten child absolutely ridiculous and really exerting on a child so young .

It's no good trying to "teach" a child their brain is shutting down from exhaustion.

I agree with Jodi .

Jodi - posted on 04/24/2011

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Yes, it is a lesson that needs to be taught....but not at Kindergarten level. I have to disagree with you there. They will learn that lesson soon enough, but I don't think it is necessary to force a 5 year old to learn when they are simply to tired to do so. Do you really think he is going to actually learn anything if he is too tired?

Anyway, I guess that hasn't answered your question, but I did say how I handle it with my daughter, and she isn't ADHD, just a normal 6 year old kid who some nights is too tired to focus. Time enough to force her in future years, but in these early years, learning should be fun, not a chore.

Kristina - posted on 04/24/2011

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and he does need to know that it has to get done weather or not he is tired. that is a lesson that needs to be taught. just like getting dressed, brushing teeth or picking up toys. even though hes tired he still has to do those things. kindergarten is the time to learn the rules and routine of school.

Kristina - posted on 04/24/2011

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I do agree but it is different then we where kids we didnt have homework and learn as 'fast' as they do now, but i do think it is preparing him more for next year. It would only take him maybe 5 min to do, but with the fight and fushing thru it it takes him sometimes 30.

Jodi - posted on 04/24/2011

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I think it is ridiculous to force kids this age to do homework. They are usually so tired after a long day at school, of COURSE they lack concentration. My daughter is in Year 1 (she is 6), and some nights, she just is TOO tired to focus, and really doesn't try very hard at all. I just write it in her book for her teacher that she was too tired, and I don't force it. I do extra reading with her on weekends, when she doesn't have full days at school.

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