Check out this article and tell us what you think. I’m a fan of homework as long as it’s not too much. I do think going over spelling words and grammar work and a few math problems is a good idea. Not just to hone the fine skills of them but with some things like spelling and math, I do think it’s practice makes perfect and the more you do them the better you get at them and they’ll be easier for you.
But I also feel you need to start the habit. There will be homework in high school and college and I feel if you’ve never taken the time to have this routine, it could be hard for you to start one at a later age.
But I think for younger kids, 6th grade and younger, too much homework takes away some of the fun learning they could be doing. I think playing outside is important and swimming lessons and going to museums, being in a sport, learning an instrument and grocery shopping. For kids, all these things are learning experiences and if you’re stuck sitting at the kitchen table for 2 hours every night, that’s too much.
From what I remember, I only really had a few math problems, spelling words, the books we got assigned to read and special projects. I wasn’t made to sit at the table for hours and my kids were the same way. I also find kids are different according to their personalities. Jason had a lot more homework than Toby did. Jason was more social and had to know what everyone else was doing and never finished in class so what he didn’t finish he had to do at home whereas Toby hated homework and finished it in class.
How do you feel about homework? Did you have a lot? Do your kids? Do you sit there with them?