Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Helping Your Child With Homework

Paulu, N. (1995). Helping Your Child With Homework. Retrieved October 10, 2009 from The Kid’s Source Website. http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/homework.html

Homework remains at major battle in schools today. Students don’t complete homework, may not understand homework, fight with parents to get homework completed, and the list continues. This article starts off by saying that homework is a project for the whole family. Everyone becomes involved in each night’s assignments. Then The author gives many reasons for why teachers assign homework and why homework can help students. Then it provides many suggestions for families about how to help. Things like picking a place and keeping it consistent, remove distractions, and provide all supplies and resources, be a good example and show interest. The article also gave suggestions about how teachers can help parents that are unable to speak English fluently or do not understand the curriculum. I found this article more informative for parents than for teachers. However there was quite a bit of information for teachers. Homework is such a big issue for elementary school children. I do not believe in giving homework in kindergarten. My students are in school for many more hours everyday than is required by law. By the end of the day most 5 year olds are tired and are unable to do any type of homework that would be meaningful. They get enough instruction at school that it is more important for them to spend time with their family, play a game, go for a walk, or read a book.

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