A new study suggests that homework can create too much stress in young elementary students and make them hate school.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about banning homework for elementary school kids and I have to say I agree. These kids are already in a classroom all day…plus they have extra curriculars, they need some down time!
We do our reading regularly, and if anything gets sent home it gets done for sure. When my oldest was in grade 1 last year he had a homework calendar each month. Every day was a small activity – list 5 ways to come up with the number 10, use coins to make a dollar, that kind of stuff. Sometimes it was even just play a board game with a family member. To me that was good because it forced us to sit down together regularly and it also gave me a good idea of what they were working on in class. At the same time, it wasn’t incredibly over whelming.
Tell me what you think in the comments…should young elementary students have homework?
Reformers in the Progressive Era (from the 1890s to 1920s) depicted homework as a "sin" that deprived children of their playtime. Many critics voice similar concerns today. Yet there are many parents who feel that from early on, children need to do homework if they are to succeed in an increasingly competitive academic culture.