I am starting to really get frustrated with the amount of homework my kids have to do. It is really starting to get ridiculous. My oldest is in 2nd grade. Every night, after she comes home from a full day of sitting at her desk, reading, writing and thinking, she is expected to practice her spelling words, write dictation sentence, finish her home reading and finish up any math that she didn't get done at school.
Shall I be more specific?
Practice spelling: over the course of the week she is supposed to sort her words into like 3 different groupings and then write them all, make sentences out of all of them and alphabatize them.
Write dictation sentences: I read four sentences and she writes them until they are perfect.
Home reading: Every night she brings home a book anywhere from 25 to 80 pages long and is expected to finish it. (Can you say squashing a love for reading right out of the gate?) Then I am supposed to ask her 3 comprehension questions about the book.
Are you seeing the problem? If I made her sit down as soon as she got home from school to do it all, she would finish around bedtime. It is simply ridiculous. Aren't they supposed to play occasionally? Or, heaven forbid, do chores around the house?
It's a good thing I have a smart kid. Because I don't make her do half of it, and she still does fine in school.