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Iris - posted on 12/27/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I told you girls about my Kindergartners homework few weeks back. I think she is getting too much homework on daily basis.
Now for the Holidays she came home with (dividing it over her holidays including the special ones) 2-3 sheets of homework.

Does this seem fair to anyone?
My 6th grader had no homework.
My husband is dead set on having this done, while I feel like I couldn't give a crap. She is on a holiday IMO!

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Jodi - posted on 12/27/2010

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Um, Sherri, your kids are MUCH older, you are not comparing apples with apples here. My son also gets homework during semester break, but he is in Year 7. This is a 5 year old we are talking about.

Jodi - posted on 12/27/2010

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Thank you Sherri, perhaps you should use past tense in your posts then, when you are trying to compare your boys with kindergartners, because honestly it comes across as not even relevant.

And just for the record, my daughter just completed Kindergarten and NEVER had homework in the holidays, and only minimal every day, and surprisingly, Australia's education level is higher than that of the US. It is not about how much homework. It should be about effective teaching in the classroom. There is nothing wrong with a little homework, but 5 year olds shouldn't be spending all their spare time doing school work. As Kate said, they learn far more effective through play. My daughter learns every single day in both maths and her reading/comprehension just by helping me in the kitchen with dinner, or helping us hang or fold the washing. Such an inundation of structured homework at that age is counter-productive. Instead, the school should help parents recognise every opportunity they can to incorporate learning into play and general every day tasks.

Kate CP - posted on 12/27/2010

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This sounds like a crappy school. Can you move them to another school??

Kate CP - posted on 12/27/2010

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Homework for a 4-5 year old is stupid. Period. End of discussion. They don't learn from doing paperwork, they learn through play and experiences. Homework is stupid for young kids.

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Jodi - posted on 12/27/2010

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Taylah only had her sight words to learn and a reader every night. Towards the end of kindergarten she had 3 spelling words a week that she had to read, write, spell and put in a sentence. But it was only 3 words a WEEK :).

Dana - posted on 12/27/2010

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I don't know any kids who had homework in kindergarten, it just seems absurd to me.

Iris - posted on 12/27/2010

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Hailey.
She likes doing one sheet but then we have to talk her into doing more most of the time. Sometimes things go smoothly but sometimes it has do be divided through the evening. A sheet here, then out to play, half a sheet an hour later then play and so on. What she is bringing home over the holidays is light comparing to her usual homework.
But it is the holidays and I would have expected something like "Keep working on the words they are learning and continue reading".

Iris - posted on 12/27/2010

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"Sharon - So with that mindset, is the teacher doing any homework as well in regard to planning, grading, or other teacher related activiities during her HOLIDAY? I would definately have a chat with the teacher and include the building principal in on the conversation."

I don't know what she will be doing during the holidays probably relaxing with her family... We already got the grades for first semester so she is not working on that.

I just talked to another mother that has has twins in two different kindergarten classes in the school. They are all getting the same homework. The twins are bringing home more homework then her 3rd and 5th grader.

Dana - posted on 12/27/2010

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I don't know if you answered this in your earlier thread or not but, is this teacher new to teaching kindergartners?

Mindy - posted on 12/27/2010

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As a parents of different level school-aged kids, i found this a bit amusing. We as a country are so low in the world standings in academics its sad. The state of TX only focuses in the TAKS test. Our teachers are trying hard to reteach the basics to our kids every year they have no time for new material. I have seen this first-hand and have talked to admin and teachers so often its sad to me that so few parents even know their kids teachers first names or their kids principals. Why should we bitch about what the teachers are teaching or not teaching. We should be asking what are we doing to help our kids learn at home. Do we go to the school an meet the people who spend all day with our kids? Do we sit with our kids an help them with their homework? Do we ask them what they are learning? Do we go on field trips with them? I am not trying to be mean or berate anyone but I see alot wrong with the system as a whole.

Hailey - posted on 12/27/2010

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My 4 year old has homework this holiday, she does every friday. They are rewarded with merits so that is an insentive but i say if she doesnt want to do it then thats fine. She had it in nursery to when she was three haha. She enjoys it, i would never force her, ever and just say, Liesel didnt feel like homework this week. Any reasonable teacher will accept this. Does she want to do the homework or not? I know one mum that doesnt let her kids do any in the hols even if they want to because it is a holiday. Makes you wonder what her relationship was like with homework when she was little.

It is silly though, they have enough hours there, too many i say without getting more work. They expect far to much of kids these days!

Mrs. - posted on 12/27/2010

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Wow. I guess maybe whoever designed the school homework mandates needs to have a little holiday homework too-perhaps reading some Dickens ( a Christmas Carol anyone?).

Hannah - posted on 12/27/2010

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That is ridiculous and if it were my child, I would talk with the teacher. If it continued I would move up the line and eventually pull them out of the class.

Desiree - posted on 12/27/2010

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Why would anyone give a child in kindergarden homework in the first place, don't they get enough when they get to school and for the 12 years that they go to school. What kind of children are we bringing up. Are they Children or human Computers?

Bonnie - posted on 12/27/2010

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I agree with April. You may want to try switching her to a different teacher. If this guy is set on giving homework then he will because that is what he feels is right/needed. Perhaps if he had a number of parents complaining about it he would change, but doubt it otherwise.

April - posted on 12/27/2010

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Iris, would it be worth it to try to get her moved to a different classroom? I don't think this teacher is going to give less homework because you had a chat with her. Maybe another teacher gives less homework or doesn't give out homework.

Rosie - posted on 12/27/2010

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i don't feel kindergarteners should have homework at all. i feel it's a bit excessive!! and on the holidays?? seriously stupid.

Kate CP - posted on 12/27/2010

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I still don't get the point of giving a kindergartener home work at all. *shrug*

Tara - posted on 12/27/2010

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so ridiculous.
I suspect your child's teacher is not that confident in her abilities to teach and so has to give out tons of homework to give the illusion that there really is learning going on and that it must be kept up at home, whilst they all forget it while on holiday!
Which to me says, it's not being taught on a core level. If they forget something after being on holidays for a week or two, then the information they were taught did not stay within their cranium, which to me speaks to a lack in appropriate teaching style.
Children should be learning as they go at that age, most learning in the early years comes from play and experience, not from rote or memorization.
I would have had more than enough of this teacher a long time ago. Set your own standards for how much homework she does, tell your husband if he is so intent on it being done, he can do it for her!

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So with that mindset, is the teacher doing any homework as well in regard to planning, grading, or other teacher related activiities during her HOLIDAY? I would definately have a chat with the teacher and include the building principal in on the conversation.

Corinne - posted on 12/27/2010

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It's the holidays FFS! My little one didn't get any in the final week up to Christmas, let alone for the holidays. I'd be giving those worksheets back to the teacher and telling her where she could store them!

Jodi - posted on 12/27/2010

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I'm on your side on this one Iris. I don't think she should be getting homework. And to me, the reading isn't homework, it's just what we do as parents :)



If the kids are in the same school, sounds like they don't have a general policy on homework. I think they should, but I'm no expert. I know my kids schools have policies on homework - amount of time per day, etc. I'd be telling them what they could do with their homework too.



If hubby wants them to do it, tell him he can damn well deal with it then, and leave you out of it!!!!



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Iris - posted on 12/27/2010

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Jodi- He just want's her to get things done that she is suppose to for school. While I feel like telling the teacher that since my 6th grader didn't have homework, I didn't feel like setting the other one down at the table to do her work!!

Stifler's - posted on 12/27/2010

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I agree reading needs to be done but homework from school? I'd probably forget they got any lol and so would the kids until the day before school.

Becky - posted on 12/27/2010

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Homework should not be given over the holidays! The only time I would see it as acceptable would be with a child in jr. high or highschool who had a research paper to write that was due after the holidays - but not the day they came back from holidays either.

Editted to add: I probably wouldn't have her do it, just in protest. It might not be the greatest life lesson for her, but good grief, these are 5 year olds! Holidays are for having fun and spending time with your family, not for trying to squeeze in homework!

Jodi - posted on 12/27/2010

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Nope. My kids never came home with homework on holidays at that age. My son (now in high school) had homework during breaks for the first time ever just this year. And it was ONLY because he didn't complete it during term (so he COULD have finished it during the term if he wanted to). He is in Year 7!!!



In Australia, it is summer holidays, so I guess it is a little different, but honestly, Iris, she is in Kindergarten. I think it is ridiculous anyway. Our school encourages us to continue reading with our Kindergartners every day regardless of holidays, simply because the continuity is what really helps them with their reading. But they have absolutely NO set homework during any holidays at all.



Has your husband indicated why he is so dead set on it? Personally I'm with you - I couldn't give a crap either!!!

Iris - posted on 12/27/2010

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I so agree. I've been ranting and raving about this to my family members, specially because my older one didn't have even a one math problem to solve over Christmas!

Stifler's - posted on 12/27/2010

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Homework on holidays should be banned. Who even does it? It's the holidays FFS.

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