Homework for kids in kindergarten is not cool, in my books.
Fellow Kid Scooper Christine Coppa writes about a meltdown she had this week after she forgot her kid’s homework for kindergarten. Yes, 4 days in to school and her 5 year old was getting homework and she stressed over not handing it in on time.
While the homework situation itself is a little out of line with my thinking, it’s Christine’s approval of the workload that has me wondering even louder. She is more than happy to help her kid do worksheets at home after his 11 hour day at his “competitive school”, and actually thinks other parents should sit down to them too.
This is the opposite of redshirting kindergarten kids. Instead of making things easier for kids by holding them back, Tiger Moms push them to the highest levels with heavy workloads.
After the jump, flip through the key points in All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. Take stock of how these skills apply to your adult life, and if your kid is learning them. They really are all that’s important, not nightly homework worksheets.
I will encourage my kids to succeed scholastically, enrolling them in french immersion is one way I’m challenging them, but 1 week in to kindergarten is not when the parenting push of extra nightly worksheets will begin.
Mommyfriend has a great discussion on the volume of homework kids get. Her Boy Wonder’s workload accelerated from one weekly worksheet in kindergarten to more than 2 hours of work by Grade 3. 2 hours in Grade 3? That was my senior high expectation!
One school in Maryland has a no homework policy. Well, sort of. 30 minutes of reading is a required activity every night. The school believes that while reading at home improves literacy and language, it also helps foster curiosity and an interest in learning.
What a great idea. Instead of getting so intense about our kids at school, we should dial it back and remember what kindergarten (and school, for that matter) is really about.
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