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I am so done with homework!
Homework is my nemesis.
In fact, when I was teaching, I fought very hard to have homework abolished. For me, it is a form of cruel and unusual punishment; not only for the kids completing it, but the adults who assist them and the teachers who have to mark it and prepare it. Homework eats into valuable family time, and I see no value in it for children in grades K-5. Mind you, I do recognize the value of children reading at home each day. The most bizarre thing I have encountered in the past two years is that the younger your child is, the more homework they have. I know! Crazy isn't it! This year Avery had reading (at least 3 different things), math, and spelling, while Elliot had reading and spelling. Then my middle-school aged child, who is supposed to be preparing for high school, had none! It makes no sense.
Homework assumes that the home does not provide adequate reinforcement of things learned in school or valuable learning opportunities. Unfortunately, this may be the case in many homes, but from my experience, these are also the homes that do not complete homework anyway. So why do we do it? I really think that it is just something that has always been done and is not questioned. Thankfully, I am able to stay at home to raise my children, but what about single-parent families or families where both parents work? They already have limited time to spend with their children at the end of the day, so why make that time as unpleasant as possible?
So, here was our afternoon yesterday, and I want you to tell me if it would have been better spent slaving away over worksheets or doing what we did. Seriously, comment away!
As soon as the kids get home, they are hungry. We typically start with a fruit smoothie and then move onto the goodies like Fudgsicles or nachos. Then they head to the screen of their choice for one hour, and trust me this is not written in stone. It all depends on how busy, or lazy, I am feeling that afternoon. The boys LOVE their after school cartoons and Zoe heads for the computer.
After their screen time, it is typically homework time, but not yesterday! I scrambled to think of something to do with them. It would have been great to take the dog for a walk or run down to the river for a quick splash, but I had a million things to do to ensure that we made it to the soccer field on time. Just in that moment when I began to feel overwhelmed by all the dirty dishes littering my counter, the unfinished laundry downstairs, and my starving garden outside, it occurred to me that I did not have to do this all alone. So I assigned our tasks: the boys were on garden duty, Zoe was on dish duty, and I was on camera duty, or I mean everything else duty . . . tee hee!
Look at my little workers! You can't tell me that helping around the house is not a valuable life lesson.
Elliot is so funny because he is very dramatic! After only watering two rows, he exclaimed: "I am so done with gardening!". I wonder where he gets this from? Tee hee!
Once my garden was watered and my kitchen straightened up, I was able to tackle dinner and the kids could enjoy some free time.
The biggest benefit to no homework is the opportunity for kids to be kids, and my kids did just that!
Here in this imaginary land, Zoe is the mayor and controller of all things. She hands out the money and the assignments, while the boys do whatever she tells them.
Here is Elliot's hovel.
|Derrick got a new BBQ for Father's Day so the boys got the boxes Nothing better than a large box!|
Elliot is the security guard for Zoeville because "he likes to shoot things", and he drives around town on his skateboard looking for trouble.
Avery is a fish police officer (to make sure people don't fish in the off season, which is a HUGE problem here in Zoeville), and a builder.
Their day is filled with taking orders from the boss lady and shopping at the market, where you can buy anything from Justin Bieber concert tickets to "gun-shooter" t-shirts.
In one afternoon, my kids learned how to work and contribute to the family, they exercised their imagination, and they even got a little math in there. And all of this happened without any worksheets!
Now it is your turn to voice your opinion. Is homework a valuable use of children's time?
Come on, don't be shy!
Oh, and if you are anyone other than my siblings, feel free to disagree with me!
Happy Last Wednesday Before Summer Vacation!