Cody has been in kindergarten for five months now. And the homework has been, at times, piling up.
Homework in kindergarten??
Yes, it’s true. Homework. In kindergarten. At the tender age of 6.
Maybe it’s just me, but I have a big problem with my kindergartener having homework. A HUGE problem.
Hence the homework pileup. It’s a symbol of my silent rebellion.
To be fair, a lot of the homework is reading, which is good. My objection is to the other stuff, including fairly long activities involving uncommon household objects and time-consuming math projects.
I feel very strongly that young kids should not have homework. They are already in school for seven hours a day; if they can’t learn what they need to learn in that amount of time, then something is wrong. My kids, and many kids in this area, spend an additional hour and a half on the bus besides, so they are gone from 7:25 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. That’s a long day.
When they get home, I want them to be able to have a snack, relax, play and do their chores, not do more school work. There isn’t a whole lot of time in between getting home from school and getting to bed. When the weather is nice, they often play outside until supper time. By the time they eat and bathe, it’s time for bed. The older two can stay up later to get their homework done, but there isn’t much time for Cody to do his and still have time to just be a kid.
So, Cody’s homework gets done when it gets done. At one point, we had about a month’s worth piled up that we worked on one weekend. I felt a little guilty leaving it for that long, but since I can’t agree with the teacher’s views on the necessity of homework, the lack of time and resentment far outweigh the guilt.
I think a lot of the time homework is assigned to force parents to interact with their children and get involved with school. While I get that, and even think it’s a good idea, for those of us who do get involved and interact with our children already, being forced to do unnecessary homework just makes me crabby.
What’s your take on homework for young children? I’d love to hear opinions on this.