Last Thursday, school was out for both my child (one attends school and one is homeschooled). Instead of booking a summer full of camps, lessons, and travel, I believe firmly in leaving expansive times of freedom to allow what will happen naturally when children are allowed to fill their days.
One reason I dislike homework is that my children are left with little time to just be during the school week. I don’t think is healthy at any age to not have free time, including adults, but it is especially concerning for children.
Play is an important part of development. Self-directed activities don’t happen naturally without time. Boredom leads to creativity.
Homework takes away from all of this.
My thoughts on homework have evolved greatly since my full time teaching days. As a teacher, I assigned too much homework. I admit it. It was an easy way to have children finish up lessons not completed during the day. I felt obligated to assign homework. It was part of the job.
As a parent, I have already explained why I feel homework contributes to play deficit disorder. If you are lucky, a teacher or school will respond to your concerns about homework. If not, then you can turn to a resource like Homework: A Parent’s Guide To Helping Out Without Freaking Out! for help.
HOMEWORK: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Out Without Freaking Out! will guide you through a simple process to find a way to help your child based on which faulty coping pattern your child is using. Most homework books are focused on study techniques. Homeworkfocuses on how parents can be powerful leaders in their kid’s education. It answers the most common questions parents ask:
- When do I reward and when do I punish?
- How do I give advice about studying without getting backtalk?
- How much should I review homework?
- How do I help my stressed out child who takes school too seriously?
- What do I say when my child says “I don’t care” about school?
- How do I help my disorganized child without feeling like I am his secretary?