anyone's kids NOT have homework... pretty much, ever?

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Posted: 11/13/2013 8:33:43 PM
My older girls are in grades 7 and 4. They pretty much NEVER have homework! This seems so crazy to me! When they were in younger grades they had mandatory reading every night that we had to sign off on, but that stopped around grade 1-2 or so. So far, I think one DD had homework one night this year since school started.

I don't really mind -- I'm not complaining -- it just seems very unusual.
(And yes, they are telling the truth! It's not that there is homework assigned and it just isn't coming home.)

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Posted: 11/13/2013 8:37:00 PM
My kids ALWAYS had homework. In Grade 4 it might have been assigned once a week for the entire week. By Grade 7, definitely nightly homework and high school sometimes had a crazy amount, but it was definitely constant!

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Posted: 11/13/2013 8:37:30 PM
Our kids are now 23 and 25, so my experience is clearly not current!

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Posted: 11/13/2013 8:41:28 PM
Not until high school did my kids have homework, except math. But some of their friends have lots. It seems to relate to now well they use their time at school.

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Posted: 11/13/2013 8:41:42 PM
My son usually has homework. Typically there is none on Fridays and they didn't give any on Halloween (This is 5th grade, so still mostly T-or-Ting age.).

Every so often he has another random night with no homework, but sometimes that is because he finished it in school.

His language arts/social studies teacher gives them time to do work in class and what they don't finish is then homework.

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Posted: 11/13/2013 8:42:07 PM
my 3rd grader has homework 3 days a week. it's usually only spelling, like writing the words 3 times each, in sentences and what she calls step spelling. I think it's REALLY stupid since she has NO issues with spelling these easy ass words, but I still make her do it. every once in a while she will bring home a math worksheet. I think the whole damn thing is dumb.


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Posted: 11/13/2013 8:46:47 PM
My kids are in 7th, 2nd & kindergarten. They all have homework every day except weekends are free for the younger two.

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Posted: 11/13/2013 8:59:03 PM
I have one D in college, one D in high school and one D in middle school. What I've learned over the years is that there's no rhyme or reason to which year they get socked with tons of homework. My high school D is in low level classes and has very little homework.

My 8th grader, on the other hand, has TONS of homework, to the point that she has time for little else. She's a diligent student and does all of it, but she tells me that there are lots of kids who don't do all the homework. Frankly that doesn't surprise me, since so many kids have activities that take up a couple hours a day, often on multiple days of the week. In the past week she's had two major projects, two major tests, two science labs to write up, two English essays to write (one of which required her to watch and compare two movie versions of a book they'd read, and the other of which required her to read a book of her choice and respond to a prompt). And that was on top of the regular nightly homework she has in almost every subject. At least I know she'll be ready for high school.


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Posted: 11/13/2013 9:01:39 PM
My kids are in gr 5 and gr 7.

My gr 5 DD is given time to complete homework during class time. So if you goof off, you have homework.

My gr 7 DS does his homework during his lunch break. He used to do it outside at recess when he was elementary age. And we live on the cold Canadian prairies so his hands were chapped and bleeding. He just hates bringing homework home.

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Posted: 11/13/2013 9:02:15 PM
My daughter nevers has any....ap physics and honors everything else....she gets it done at school and helps other students do theirs.

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Posted: 11/13/2013 9:03:03 PM
I have 4th and 5th grade grandkids. Their school day is longer by an hour, hour and a half, so they never have homework anymore.



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Posted: 11/13/2013 9:17:05 PM
DS is 5th grade and DD is 3rd grade. They hardly ever get assigned homework. I agree it drives me nuts.

They have computer programs that they can do extra work on. That's great, but sometimes a fight to have them do that extra because "we don't have homework."


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Posted: 11/13/2013 9:27:18 PM
My kids had a ton of homework in elementary school. So much that some parents got together and boycotted some of it. It was 1-2 hours of homework by 3rd grade. It was TOO MUCH!

Then it calmed down to a reasonable amount. A half hour or so, even in middle school. A lot of teaching is moving to in class work to be sure it's the students (and not the parents) doing the work and to boost those kids who wouldn't do work at home.

Now both kids are in HS. DS (junior) is in sports and football had a mandatory 1 hour study hall before practice. He usually only had work left that needed to be done on the computer. He has 5 AP/honors classes, so his course load is pretty heavy. DD is a freshman and has about an hour's worth of work a night, but I know she doesn't use her time as wisely.

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Posted: 11/13/2013 9:32:19 PM
I wish! I helped my 6th grader with almost 2.5 hours of homework last night.


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Posted: 11/13/2013 9:35:36 PM
My daughter is going to a new charter school for 7th grade next year. They said they don't have a lot of homework, 3 hrs a night on average. (That sounds like a ton to me.)

Anyway, the principal said that they have a study hall and the school is open for kids to stay after and do homework or had study groups for 2 hours after school. The teachers keep office hours until then so the kids have access to help if they need it. So the expectation is there will be homework but it shouldn't need to be taken home between study hall and after school homework time on site.
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Posted: 11/13/2013 9:40:14 PM
My son hasn't had a lot of homework because he has been able to complete most of the work in class. He is a freshman in high school, plays sports and is in DECA so I am glad he doesn't have a lot of homework.

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Posted: 11/13/2013 9:48:11 PM
My kids have a lot of homework. My second grader has about 30 minutes plus 20 minutes reading every night. My fourth grader has the most- 1-2 hours every night, plus reading. My sixth grader has about 1-1.5 hours per night, plus reading. They go to a private school.

Honestly, I hate it. They don't get home from school until 4 pm, and, they have little time for anything but homework, eating dinner, bath, sleep. They get to play for about an hour or so after school on the days they don't have activities, which I limit-scouts and karate for the boys, my girl does no outside activity. I picked karate for the boys because there is little pratice time, and no 'games' outside of class.

They are getting a fantastic education, but, I am glad the school only goes to eighth grade. I think we will all be completely burned out by then!


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Posted: 11/13/2013 10:34:14 PM
My son is in kindergarten and he has homework every night, about 30 minutes worth, which was a surprise to me. I didn't expect so much homework this soon.


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Posted: 11/13/2013 10:36:38 PM
My 3rd grader has 30 minutes of Homework Monday thru Thursday. Mostly spelling, some math sometimes and 15 minutes of reading. We have to sign off on it all.

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Posted: 11/13/2013 10:39:58 PM
My sixth-grader has a little homework, but my ninth-grader rarely does. He has projects to do each grading period, but not a lot of daily homework.

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Posted: 11/13/2013 10:47:27 PM
I have always felt my kids had a moderate amount of homework. The exception was when ds was in 2nd grade and in the GATE program, he had a ton (like 60-90 minutes not counting reading.) He's a senior now and and has some related to his senior year project that requires work every Sunday, Physics and Spanish. I am sure he'll have more next semester as he's taking a college level engineering class.

Dd is in 8th grade and some days she has homework and some days she doesn't. However, she goes to a performing arts school, so often it's dance homework.



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Posted: 11/13/2013 10:51:03 PM
My ds's school switched the grading system to tests being 75% of their grade. My dd rarely has homework either.


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Posted: 11/13/2013 11:24:51 PM
My 3rd grader has a math worksheet every day Monday-Thursday and is supposed to read 20 minutes a day (which she does anyway and there is no record or anything to sign off on)

My 1st grader has a couple math worksheets and spelling words that come home on Monday and are due Friday along with a book to read with me each night and her reading program assigned reading.

That's about the same amount of homework we have been doing since the 3rd grader started school 3 years ago only this year it comes home daily and is due the next day, not a packet due at the end of the week.


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Posted: 11/13/2013 11:42:51 PM
Mine are grade 11, 9 and 7. My daughter in grade 11 had homework this year pretty regularly by which I mean 3-4 days a week. Prior to this, none except the odd project. The other toe the same. Never homework. They do their work at school however, mostly because they don't want to have homework.

I am against homework in general so I like how it is.


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Posted: 11/14/2013 4:01:02 AM
My 2nd grader doesn't get any. There is plenty of research showing that homework is not beneficial so the school scrapped it for the elementary kids.


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Posted: 11/14/2013 4:04:17 AM
Just spelling study and reading, and occasionally some math (grades 3, 4, and 8). But they each have a big, year-long project due every year, with lots of planning and research, so that makes up for the lack of regular homework.

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Posted: 11/14/2013 5:32:00 AM
Yea that was me growing up. Well almost I had a few math problems and a bit of reading and I nearly always did it before I got home.

My kids have TONS of homework daily and pretty much always have.


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Posted: 11/14/2013 6:27:47 AM

My 2nd grader doesn't get any. There is plenty of research showing that homework is not beneficial so the school wrapped it for the elementary kids.

When I got my teaching degree in the '80s, my directing professor was pretty much in line with this. I never gave out homework for homework's sake.


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Posted: 11/14/2013 6:41:39 AM
My 4th & 6th grader probably have about an hour of homework each week that I see them do at home. My older son has study hall every day and he gets most of it done there.
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Posted: 11/14/2013 6:58:05 AM
My kids too! My oldest turned 16 a couple months ago and is in 11th grade. She is in all AP or Honors classes and she has a lot of homework this year. But up until now, even with all Honors classes up until 11th grade, and my 9th grader in all Honors don't have much homework.

My 5th grader has about 30 minutes some nights.

My husband and I always remember having homework every year in school. We hear a lot of parents talk about how kids don't seem to have much homework these days! The kids also have study halls when they don't have science labs. I don't remember having study halls in school. They may get a lot of homework done at school.

I love that they don't have a lot of homework.

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Posted: 11/14/2013 7:24:09 AM
I read some responses and it sounds like many kids get time to do their homework at school. I love that. I don't ever remember getting time to do homework in school when I was in school. I'm so glad they give them time now! Thank you teachers! That way if they need help, help is available.

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Posted: 11/14/2013 8:32:15 AM
I heard these horror stories about how much homework my ds would get in 5th grade. I'm still waiting for it. Other than the occasional book report or project, he gets a packet of spelling and the occasional math assignment. Like others have said, I think he does some at school. He does not have mandatory reading, but we strive for at least 20 min a night.

My dd, 3rd grade, gets more. Math 3x a week, spelling packet and special assignments. Also no formal reading requirements.

While I don't want them bogged down and stressed by homework, I do want them to be prepared for the rigors of middle school.

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Posted: 11/14/2013 9:05:40 AM
My youngest DD almost never had homework up until high school. She was a straight-A student who hated having work to do at home, so she concentrated hard on getting all her work done during school. She is still that way, but as a 10th grader she almost always has AP World History and Pre-Calculus homework, though she still tries to get much of the work done at school.


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Posted: 11/14/2013 9:06:48 AM

Alison's teachers this year (5th grade) try not to send home homework,and they make a big deal out of it when they do (texts to parents). The kids are expected read and study for tests and such, but all real work is done at school so the teachers can supervise. I'm not complaining, but Alison might be in for a shock at middle school.

If you asked my parents, they might have said I hardly ever came home with homework, but I took pride in using the spare 5-10 minutes between classes or at the end of a class to do homework so that I was done by the end of the school day.



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Posted: 11/14/2013 9:07:44 AM
Mine is a freshman in high school and he has homework every night. He's in several honors classes and an AP class so it's what we expected.


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Posted: 11/14/2013 9:21:00 AM

Typically there is none on Fridays and they didn't give any on Halloween (This is 5th grade, so still mostly T-or-Ting age.).

My 2nd grade dd had HW on Halloween. I was when she told me, until I looked at it. They had a worksheet for Math and they had to sort their candy into types (lollipops, taffy, gum, hard candy, chocolate, misc.). Make tallies and then graph it. I thought that was very clever and a great way to tie real world experience in to learning!

I am a former teacher (3rd grade) and I did assign homework daily (generally not on Friday though). Usually in every subject. But, I always gave them about 10 min. at the end of each lesson to start on homework for that subject so that I could help them. All in all, if they did work on it in class like they were supposed to, they should have had no more than 20 min. each evening. I think homework is important... it helps them to practice/reinforce what they did during the day and is a great tool for parents to see what their child is learning and if they do/don't get a concept. I always am available to help my own kids w/ homework and use their mistakes as a little extra practice time to make sure they understand.

Unfortunately, many parents don't view it this way/ don't help their kids (in my experience as a teacher).

I don't agree with tons of homework, no matter the age. I think kids need to be able to enjoy being a kid still and have time to play (or whatever teens do).

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Posted: 11/14/2013 10:58:15 AM
Almost none here in the 5th. Ds's teachers make assignments to be completed in class. If you don't finish it in class, then you can do it for homework.

I hate the concept of homework anyway so I prefer this school of thought.

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Posted: 11/14/2013 11:13:27 AM
My HS Junior didn't really have a lot of homework until Sophomore year. My HS Freshman started having serious homework in 7th grade. Same with my current 7th grader. He has homework every night for the first time ever. He's in a self-contained class and up until now, most work was done in class. This year, most of his homework is in the non-block classes like Spanish and math.

It was a jarring change for my oldest, I think. But he was always one who managed his time well while at school. During free time, he'd do his homework whereas my daughter uses the free time, to, well, be free. LOL

And now, instead of doing homework at lunch, he chooses to socialize, so that means more work to be done at home. His courseload is also progressively more difficult each year, so obviously more work.

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Posted: 11/14/2013 11:57:22 AM
Last year when DD was in 2nd grade, she seemed to have homework every night except on Fridays. This year, she is in 3rd grade and she has homework 1-2 times per week. For the first like 6-8 weeks of school, she barely even had that.

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Posted: 11/14/2013 12:14:03 PM
I was surprised that my grade 1 daughter has so much homework.

They get four books that they have to read and summarize, about a dozen sheets of whatever they are working on at school- lots of graphing right now. They have spelling lists to do and last weeks package of work to study for the test on Tuesdays. (And let's not get me started on the seven page tests they have every week! It's the second month of first grade! Her teacher told me that she get distracted by the end of the test- um yeah, she's five years old!) The homework gets sent home Friday and is due on Tuesday.

It doesn't get any better... My friends son is in fourth grade at the same school and he usually has an hour and a half a day, plus extra projects. There have been nights where he's had three or four a night because of projects and regular work.

It's too much in my opinion- if there is that much extra work after a seven hour school day, maybe the teachers need to re-evaluate how class time is being spent.


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Posted: 11/14/2013 2:06:45 PM
I'm on Ontario. My grade 9 son never has homework, just studying for tests.

The only grades he ever had homework in were 1-3 and that was just things like spelling 5 words a week.

I hate homework so I'm super happy about this. He needs time to relax just like we all do. I'd rather he go for a bike ride after school, personally.
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