Omar is in grade 2, he doesn't get any homework other than the daily reader, they should pick a book every day. They have reading eggs as an app, Omar works on the reading eggspress, they also work on mathletics for math.
I'm relaxed when it comes to studying but I'm not sure if we should do something more at home? At school they learn loads of stuff but we don't get anything at home, they focus a lot on writing, and Omar started to keep a diary which is cute.
Do your children do any school work at home? I'm curious to know how it goes in other countries. He used to go to PYP school that uses a British curriculum but I moved him this semester to an Australian school.
My friends' children get loads of homework and they have quizzes & exams, we have individual assessments only and those are done randomly throughout the year. It was the same in his old school but they used to get weekly spelling, and some math sheets in addition to set tasks on Studdy ladder.
My son is jn year one. We are getting loads! We have about three books to read a week, spellings every week to learn for a test and then homework which is maths currently - two paws of a workbook every weekend.
You could buy some books for handwriting or maths etc at home and maybe do two pages a week or something? I also go to the library and get reading books for him as we try ans read one a night. School never give us enough so we supplement by reading nightly. Some nights he really doesn't need want to so we don't every night but most days we will.
But if he isn't tired we don't. I still think they are so young that having fun and down time is important too. I feel school give us enough with spellings, reading and homework so we don't do any extra workbooks. Some times like your son my son will ask if Jen can write but not often. Mostly he just wants to play and I don't blame him as e is tired after school!
My son is in year 1 and has the expectation of reading 5 times a week, spellings to learn for a weekly spelling test and then a handwriting worksheet which should be completed. To be honest there's no value to hus handwriting sheet (the teacher just collects them in from his book bag and there's no acknowledgement that he's completed it).
I also teach year 2 and my school sets more homework they also have daily reading, weekly spellings and literacy homework (15 minute writing activity) and an online maths activity (should take 20 minutes). I actually think children below year 2 definitely and possibly an argument for children up to year 5 shouldn't have homework but an expectation that they read each evening as this is so key to everything.
Declan has always got homework, from primary 1 right up to now primary 5, he actually enjoys getting homework and (almost) never complains about doing it, every night he will have spellings, started at 5 in primary 1 and now he gets between 20 and 25 each week, they have a spelling test every week, he has reading daily as well usually its a chapter or 2 each night, they will also have a weekly task for a test at the end of the week, the weekly task can be anything from a certain set of multiplications to certain measurements, they will also have a daily homework on top of that either a maths sheet, world around us sheet, a topic sheet or a literacy sheet. They have a mental maths quiz every Monday morning and a literacy quiz every Wednesday. From Sept onwards Declan will be getting double the amount of homework and extra transfer practice sheets as he will be preparing for his transfer test.
I know a lot of people really dislike homework but Declan thrives on learning so it works for us, we also have our own work books at home that he works on at weekends, he loves learning new stuff and tbh there is only so far the teacher can take them within the classroom, there is 5 different group levels within Declans classroom so their teacher cant let one group go too far ahead, he is already working 12-18 months above his age in both maths and literacy in the classroom but further than that with me at home.
Ours get too much imo. I spend most of my weekend doing homework with my 3 little ones (3,5 and 7) - they all have reading, then 5 year old has phonics, 7 year old has spellings, maths, literacy, sometimes several pages. Quite often we havecto go out and find things they need to take in. Then we have to do their home/school diary .
All this, is taking time away that I could be spending helping my 16 yr old that is sitting her gcses in a couple of months.
kids are learning all the time, they don't have to be sat with a pencil and piece of paper to learn. Playing on the x box, role play, cooking, baking, days out... They're constantly developing life skills, social skills and problem solving. That's good enough for me. Shame schools put so much pressure on children.
My older son is in 1st grade, and his typical homework is one worksheet (rotates subjects each day. One day is math, another science, etc), which takes him maybe 5 minutes at the most, reading a short book or one chapter from a beginner chapter book, and practicing any spelling words he isn't confident with yet. The whole entire process takes 20-30 minutes at the most. I don't feel it's too much. We usually do it right away, so he can be done with school work for the rest of the evening.
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