Do you think summer homework is an asset to a child's education or more work than it is worth?
Many schools are opting for summer homework.
I think summer homework is an excellent way to keep kids up to date on what they learned in the previous grade....... as long as it's done in moderation. For example, children should continue to read but let them choose the books they enjoy instead of assigning a reading list. Also there are many educational website that let them learn while the enjoy themselves "playing games".
My daughter's school recommended she read two books on their list and then they let her choose any other books she wanted to read. She also received 44 questions in math to be competed before school starts. We have spent the summer playing trivia games and making learning fun instead of a chore.
Summer homework, oh no mom! Allow them to read what they want and take them on a family vacation across America and/or Canada. Allow them to explore like Tom Sawyer or J.R. R. Tolkien did; perhaps in national parks etc. Play games with them; spend time learning by doing... Just say no to worksheets...
Summer homework can be an asset if it incorporates learning in a fun way, learning in an informal way. Otherwise, if it's just a series of worksheets to be completed, a lot of reading and math work, the child and the parents might be bogged down without much gain.
A lot of high school English teachers assign summer reading, which might be worth it if all the students came into the new school year ready to discuss the reading. The reality is though that they do not.
I am not a fan of summer homework assignments, as I also think kids should read what they want in their down time. I also believe that parents should be a major player in their child's education. That said, parents should decide if they need to take another trip to the library, museum, historic site, etc. I agree with another commenter that experiences are good for learning also. Not every learning experience needs to be an assignment, and giving children the summer to explore and think out side the worksheet will teach them to be life long learners.
I can't do anything about altering the rules of giving homework. This is all under the manipulation of the school, and those holier-than-thou teachers who become egotistic each day.
Teachers are spurred to do well not because they care a lot for their students, but because they want the money. This is an irrefutable fact because everywhere needs money.
Wealth, prestige and fame are vital for the teachers, thus the giving of summer homework forces their students to study and excel in examinations.
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