My oldest is in grade 2 so we haven’t had a lot of home work yet. We try to read every night, my SK son has sight words we work on and sometimes the grade 2 has spelling homework. Last year he did have a homework calendar, but I actually really liked it. Each night we had one thing to do – count out change, do some math, write a little something, or even just play a board game. It was really good for us – we could see what kinds of things he was working on and we spent some quality time together.
I think where the problem lies is when the kids are over tired and it becomes a huge fight. So how much homework is too much?
President Obama's pick for Education Secretary, John King, Jr., is headed for confirmation Mar. 9. King's track record shows he loves standardized testing and quantifying learning. If he loves numbers and research, he should welcome what some teachers and families have known for years: that homework at young ages does more harm than good.