Oh wow! We have sunshine this morning! The first time in a couple weeks. We also have the school carnival tonight. Maybe the bouncy houses can actually go outside Hope everyone is doing okay with this weather.View Thread
Exactly . 1st grade last year was piles and piles of worksheets. I would be bored as well as exhausted. I know he learned but at what cost? He hated school and thankfully I was able to get them in a better environment. It really is like night and day. I am so grateful. I think honestly last year set us behind and so summer school is here for us this year. Makes me sad but one year of summer school can be a huge benefit for the upcoming school year. I also feel that last year homework was given more due to over crowded classrooms and lots of behavior issues so the teachers felt they had to have the parents do a lot. Problem was there was not a lot of parental involvement to begin with. Anyway I will get off my homework box. In essence if homework is approached in the right manner it can be beneficial and if the amount is not overwhelming. There have been lots of studies on the benefits/non benefits of homework I have read and they are really interesting. I will try to find a couple to post here.View Thread
I think last year in 1st grade the homework for Henry was not productive. It was way too much and really did not contribute to his learning (hard to verbalize). His school last year really gave them no breaks ...recess was always taken away for whatever reason...there was no real somewhat quiet time ect. He came home exhausted, cranky and just plain shut down. So homework did not work. This year Tre doesn't have any as his teacher doesn't believe in it. I do think Tre could have benefited with a bit of homework maybe 15 mins. But he has a love of learning and actually does his own homework. Henry this year is back to loving school. His teacher has a whole system of how long she focuses during the day on each section of her lesson plan because studies show kids this age focus for a certain length of time. Much different than last year when his teacher just crammed info all day ect. So in essence what I am saying (very long winded) homework is productive only when given to enhance the learning ... Not to cram more info down an already info. crammed child. Not sure if I am making my point (super exhausted tonight) but this is a passionate subject for me. Last year was a nightmare in 1st grade with 45 mins a night of more worksheets and memorizing . It was not productive and frustrated him. This year because of how his day is structured homework at home is way more productive. Whew... very long response View Thread
Wow. We haven't seen an increase. It has been a set and steady pace so to speak. Honestly though I wish Tre's teacher would press reading more. I have implemented my own program with him to help and I know summer school will help as well. Tre loves writing (which is strange that he does great in writing but reading is a bit behind). The will catch up to each other soon ! Henry's workload has remained the steady 30 minutes a night with Friday basically off and spelling on the weekend. I really love how she has it organized 15 mins reading activity, 15 minutes math and spelling. Works really well to get into that routine. Not sure what 3rd grade will bring.View Thread
Tuesday night we had a hail storm. Golf ball size hail. I do have some damage to my house. Not as bad as expected. I gathered the hail stones after it was done and they are in the freezer. Huge! The boys were scared as they hit the house. I had them come down to the middle of the house no widows. Yikes! Today we wake up to some snow. Good Gracious what a spring this is! I cannot wait until it warms up for my gardens ect. Apparently the plant after Mother's Day theme will hold strong. My brother is dealing with a huge ice storm and they had 8 inches of snow last night. He has no electricity so I shouldn't complain but....