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OK , this is way OT. Is 1 hour of homework a night appropriate for a 7 YO in the 2nd grade? I say yes, her mom says no, it is too much.
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Old 09-02-2015, 06:50 PM   #2
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OK , this is way OT. Is 1 hour of homework a night appropriate for a 7 YO in the 2nd grade? I say yes, her mom says no, it is too much.
IMHO too much.
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We need more information.

On the face of it, an hour a night is far too much. An hour once a week might be OK.

But the main question is what is the point of the homework? Is the child behind its classmates? If so, why is that? If not, why the homework?

In a family living in parts of the world where education is considered all-important homework for an hour a day for a 7 year old would be a light load. But most 7 year olds wouldn't be expected to do homework at all except for a class project that would be more about enjoyment than work.

At age 7 the school day is already long and tiring. At age 9 or 10 they have more energy and stamina so homework would be possible.

A 7 year old is a young child that needs play and rest as well as schooling.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:59 PM   #4
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How does your child feel about school in general? What happens when they get frustrated with it?

For a child of 7, play is still a very valuable form of learning. Playing outside builds a budding biologist. Baking is a tasty way of reinforcing fractions. String art ( http://altaarts.org/events/stringartcraft ) teaches them how to hammer nails - particularly important if your daughter thinks 'girls can't play with hammers' - and follow instructions. Working on a project of their choice is still teaching them the value of finishing what you started. Reading a story of their choice to Dad and Mom is practice reading. If you watch the news in their hearing, talking to them about what's on the news can help them put world affairs into context. Talking to Mom and Dad about whatever gives you both the chance to informally teach your child about a vast array of stuff.
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WTF does a 2nd grader have homework?
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An hour a night for a second grader seems excessive. My 6th grader is getting an hour of homework a night. When she was in second grade, I think her homework was probably 10 math problems and writing her spelling words.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:07 PM   #7
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I am a teacher. It's WAY too much. Is your child struggling with the work, dilly dallying, or is it a true hours worth? Ten minutes per grade level is far more appropriate and some school districts are getting away from homework altogether because numerous studies have shown that homework has very few benefits.

I suggest you talk with the teacher and find out how long she is expecting the homework to take. If she says an hour, contact the administration, because that is excessive.
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Thanks to all for the replies. An hour was my estimate. It was 25 pages of reading (a kids' story book), 20 math problems and writing 15 spelling words 3 times each. It took her longer, but she dragged her feet and fought it.

In retrospect, it was excessive. Last night's homework was more in line, and she willingly breezed through it in less than 20 minutes. Maybe the teacher is on to something...
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We need more information.

On the face of it, an hour a night is far too much. An hour once a week might be OK.

But the main question is what is the point of the homework? Is the child behind its classmates? If so, why is that? If not, why the homework?

In a family living in parts of the world where education is considered all-important homework for an hour a day for a 7 year old would be a light load. But most 7 year olds wouldn't be expected to do homework at all except for a class project that would be more about enjoyment than work.

At age 7 the school day is already long and tiring. At age 9 or 10 they have more energy and stamina so homework would be possible.

A 7 year old is a young child that needs play and rest as well as schooling.
Ogg, that's the American Government Indoctrination...I mean, Education System. Load the kids up with homework. And now especially with Common Core they are giving not only more, but less logical homework.

And yes anything more that 10, 15 minutes for a 7 year old is too much.

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Thanks to all for the replies. An hour was my estimate. It was 25 pages of reading (a kids' story book), 20 math problems and writing 15 spelling words 3 times each. It took her longer, but she dragged her feet and fought it.

In retrospect, it was excessive. Last night's homework was more in line, and she willingly breezed through it in less than 20 minutes. Maybe the teacher is on to something...
My guess is the teacher got an full inbox of emails from angry parents. 25 pages of reading? Excessive, I would expect that of a 4th or 5th grader. 20 math problems is overwhelming and more in line with middle school, unless that was the only homework assigned, and the spelling words 3x each is also something that should be an only assignment or paired with something light, like 10 mins of reading.
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