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    #211411 - 02/25/15 07:59 PM Re: how much homework should my DD11 be doing? [Re: amylou]
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    At first, he often "misplaced" his worksheet by the time he got home, so we'd make a photocopy for him, as conveniently, his twin sister brought home the same daily worksheet.

    Ha! As a twin myself this made me crack up.
    However - and I'm pretty sure I'm just weird like this - I always get messed up by my habits, in a way. In middle school I decided I would practice my musical instrument at 7:00 every night, whether I needed to or not, and then found myself practically incapable of practicing at, say, 6:45. Actually, I always had to practice at a "round" number: if I missed 7:00 I had to wait till 7:15 or at least 7:05....Nobody in my family does this, though, so I guess it WAS just me.
    Either way, forming the habits early is important, but I'd say 20 or 30 minutes tops is plenty enough.

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    #211418 - 02/26/15 05:17 AM Re: how much homework should my DD11 be doing? [Re: LLR]
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    My first grader does harder/differentiated work in the classroom but gets the "regular" HW with everyone else (although she doesn't send home sight words for him). I don't mind, because it takes him 10 minutes tops.

    I don't afterschool my kids. I used to do it a little, but they just spend so much time in school, and they need time for all the other stuff. Sometimes, I think I'm being dumb. But we do provide a ton of non-schooly enrichment...stacks of books, hours of board games, drawing instruction books, cool science and building toys. We have a strict screentime limit, so they find a lot of things to do. (Note: screentime rules are different if they're doing something creative.)

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    #211452 - 02/26/15 10:52 AM Re: how much homework should my DD11 be doing? [Re: amylou]
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    Originally Posted By: amylou
    For our family, hw in 4th-5th grade was all about establishing a routine of recognizing and fulfilling expectations. For ds (now in 9th grade) especially, who has a certain, um, rigidity in his mindset, I believe this was a really important. The hw consisted of a half page math worksheet. Every. Single. Day. It took 5-10 minutes to do, tops.


    Originally Posted By: Can2K
    That sounds like a useful routine. Was the worksheet something the teacher gave all the kids, or something special for your DS? Was it the teacher's idea, or yours?



    The short worksheets were the teacher's idea. She had a repository of them - I forget the source. It was a 4th-5th class and our kids got the hw all through 4th and most of 5th, until she ran out of them. I suspect (but don't know) that at least most of the kids got some math hw, but I would guess the worksheets were different for different kids. (It is a long story, but for a variety of reasons, that was the one case where we experienced a classroom where in class differentiation worked -- I would guess there were kids from the 1st %ile to the 99th+ %ile in math achievement.)

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    #211454 - 02/26/15 10:58 AM Re: how much homework should my DD11 be doing? [Re: ultramarina]
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    Originally Posted By: ultramarina
    My first grader does harder/differentiated work in the classroom but gets the "regular" HW with everyone else (although she doesn't send home sight words for him). I don't mind, because it takes him 10 minutes tops.

    I don't afterschool my kids. I used to do it a little, but they just spend so much time in school, and they need time for all the other stuff. Sometimes, I think I'm being dumb. But we do provide a ton of non-schooly enrichment...stacks of books, hours of board games, drawing instruction books, cool science and building toys. We have a strict screentime limit, so they find a lot of things to do. (Note: screentime rules are different if they're doing something creative.)

    If your child is getting differentiated work in class that is harder rather than more you shouldn't need to after school. Mine aren't so I do.

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    #211510 - 02/27/15 05:14 AM Re: how much homework should my DD11 be doing? [Re: LLR]
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    Well, his teacher does what she can. It's a little scattershot. Basically, she's doing her best not to have him die of boredom, so he gets other projects, books to read (he doesn't do the easy readers) and activities, but it's not a planned, intense curriculum or anything.

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