Our two girls are now back into the swing of school after the long summer break. Homework started last week for the eldest, and this week for the youngest. Both are expected to read each night, and record what they read to show the teacher.They also have spelling words to learn each week, and Maths and English work too. This homework, together with after school activities makes for a busy time - but there is still plenty of time for play, and I am happy with the amount of work they are doing.
There are state policies on the subject of homework. I had a read of our Queensland policies and saw that in Prep (the first compulsory year of school here) generally no homework is set. I remember our youngest daughter wanting homework when she was in Prep as her older sister (2 years age difference) was then getting homework. At that age, homework can sound like fun. I remember wanting the same as the youngest child - and our teacher giving us homework like - "bring in as many different types of paper as you can" or we made a paper basket in class, and we had to fill it with as many things beginning with 'b' as we could! Fun homework!
As the school age increases, so does the expected amount of homework.
I know many people don't like the idea of homework - there are arguments both for and against.
While researching these arguments, I found an entire book written about the case against homework! which states that,
"it is a hidden cause of the childhood obesity epidemic, creating a nation of "homework potatoes."
Personally I think this is a bit extreme - but then that's my opinion
based upon the homework our girls get, and remembering my own
experiences of homework as a child.
I believe that homework is an important way for children to
reinforce things they learn at school, and also a way for parents to
see their child's progress and what they are learning at school. It
also provides the children with a chance to work independently.
Sometimes, children may not have understood explanations and
concepts in class, and then difficulties arise when they have to
complete tasks for homework. But this provides an opportunity to
learn about consequences - the importance of listening in class;
learning to ask questions when you don't understand things; and
even learning to research things yourself - asking parents for help,
checking in books or online for help.
I think there are many things that will influence how you feel about
homework. Each country and indeed school will set differing
amounts of homework for children, and have differing
What do you feel about homework? Do your children get enough?
too much? What about your own memories of homework from
when you were a child?