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Memo to self: Homework is for children, not for parents!

07 Aug

I helped Otto with her homework today.

By that, I mean that I sat there and encouraged her to write, and read questions out to her, and generally cheered her on.

And watched while she got the answers WRONG. Two of them, anyway.

And then I obsessed, because that is what I do, about what the correct etiquette is. I know that her answers are wrong, and I know why they are wrong, and I could explain that to her. But I am not sure that I would use the same language as her teachers … so in the end, I left it. Given that she’s new at the school, I think they are still assessing where she’s at, so that made this an easier decision.

I have heard several friends complain that they were up to 1 or 2am, finishing their child’s science assignment. I have helped the Bigster with layout and presentation on some of her assignments, and have suggested sometimes that she needed to write more, or do more research. But I do draw the line at actually doing the work for them.

I understand the impulse to just fix it up, though!

Fraser does chess homework with Otto, and they play the problems out on a chess board. He prompts her to look for her mistakes, and she generally does – but he wouldn’t give the answers to her. I guess that’s where we draw the line.

Meanwhile, we have some more assessment results in. Like I said earlier, she’s a full year behind in maths, but she’s already catching that up somewhat now that she has a workbook to work through. The bigger concern, to me, is her reading. Which is weird, because her reading level is apparently OK for Year 3. It’s just that it has barely progressed at all since we got back from Germany at the end of 2009. We’re working on that, too, though.

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Posted by on August 7, 2011 in children, education, parenting, school

 

2 responses to “Memo to self: Homework is for children, not for parents!

  1. John Kennard (@RacingHippo)

    August 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I reckon you’ve got the balance right, there.
    Seriously, staying up to do the work for them completely misses the point of homework and helps neither the kid nor the school.

     
  2. paul

    December 15, 2011 at 9:20 am

    You could teach her about it after the assignment is due in OR cunningly get Bigster to help her 🙂

     

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