I may have mentioned before that Easter is my favourite time of year. The holiday is just long enough to be fun for the kids without the boredom of the long summer holidays.
We’ve not been able to get out much but there have been a few sunny days spent in the garden, and the kids have had lots of activities from making chocolate treats to customising their Littlest Pet Shop toys.
This week, however, we have been plagued by one thing…Homework!
Now, my kids don’t mind doing a bit of homework usually, but in the holidays they just don’t seem interested. They will do anything to get out of it. To be honest, I’d do anything to get out of it too, but it needs to be done. We had a rather harsh letter sent home before Easter about how important it was for the children to complete their homework. Talk about laying on the guilt!
When I was in primary school I didn’t get homework. I probably wouldn’t have minded that much, but I’m still in two minds as to whether homework is appropriate for younger children.
The Little Man has already completed his. He didn’t want to and he fought me all the way, but all he had to do was write down a number line in twos from 2 to 100, and learn some spellings and shapes. He’s in year 1.
Boo, in year 4, had six weeks of homework to catch up on. They’ve been swimming on Friday afternoons and because of this the school had not sent homework home. So they were given the whole lot to catch up on during the holiday! Boo is a good girl and although willing, even she has struggled to complete it, and with just a few days of holiday left she’s only done half so far.
Star, in year 6, has her Sats coming up in May and has been given a pile of previous test papers to work through. She is the worst when it comes to homework and it’s really difficult to get her to do it. We’ve have a real time of it and so far she’s completed one paper. For the last few weeks before the holiday she had been staying at school for an extra hour and 40 minutes for three days a week. I really think they are putting a lot of pressure on the kids taking Sats.
When I complained on my Facebook page I had mixed results. Some mum’s said they get their kids to do their homework by offering incentives, some said they refused computer time or tv until the homework was done and some said they were totally against homework in the school holidays. After all, if you have a break from work you don’t want to be doing your job at home!
So, what do you think? Is homework for primary kids a good thing or not during school holidays?