This morning, as we all gathered around waiting for the school bus, with the screaming kids charging around, Us mum's got into a discussion about homework.
Now when I was a child homework was something simple, at least while in primary school, like some easy sums, reading or some spellings that we had to learn by the end of the week. My sons school; however, has decided that it wants parents to make boardgames with their children, construct skeletons and do a whole range of projects for which, we are expected to supply all of the arts an craft items required out of our own pocket. Not to mention the time and effort. Which when you are faced with an 8 year old who would much rather be out with his friends or playing his Nintendo ds, is no easy task.
Our home has now become a battle ground each evening as I fight to keep my son focused on the massive task ahead, in order that it is ready and complete when it is handed in on Friday.
I do this because it is expected, but should it be. Shouldn't school be for school work and home be a place where kids can relax and unwind a little?
I know I loathed even the simple homework that was assigned to me as a kid. So I can relate to my son reluctance to partake of his far more complex homework.
That said, we have also had some fun with some of the project and it has helped Kye and I to spend a little more time together than we perhaps would, now that he is older and hanging out with mum is not cool.
So there are I think good and bad sides to this new kind of homework, but I was wondering what your take was on homework?
Do you think it's a good or a bad thing and why?
Maybe your children do something different for their homework and if so what?
I'd love to hear from you.
Love and hugs Joss xx