School Learning/Home Learning
“A Sense of Family and Learning Partnerships”
Homework has been around since formal schooling first came to be and for most of us has been a repetitive set of tasks we did not enjoy as a child; however, we feel the need for our children to also suffer the same pain. For many households’ homework turns the evening routines into World War 3. These busy worksheets then take away from quality learning time on a Friday as they are checked off and marked in class. Is this really high quality use of our children’s time? Our teachers’ time? Parent time? We do not believe so. Life has become so busy and stressed we believe the family unit needs to be honoured with quality time together being a family, not battling over material done during the day at school.
Learning happens everywhere – at home, school, at the beach, walking down the road even lying in bed at night. Natural curiosity is part of growing up. Children are always curious but what do we adults do to dampen this? If your child comes home with a ‘wondering’ let them have the space they need to explore this wondering and find answers or even more questions.
We have your child for a mere 6 hours per day, 200 days a year – that is if they are never absent. You have them for the other 18 hours of those 200 days and all of the other 165 days. We certainly honour you as your child’s first teacher. We certainly need to form a learning partnership together to support your child in their learning. Hence we will endeavour not to sabotage your family time with the homework war.
For the start of their home learning each child has some reading to do, some words (either spelling or basic sight words), maybe some basic facts (all reinforcement of school learning) and a life skill that you can teach them (home learning) e.g. tying shoes laces, growing vegetables, learning how to clean the bathroom or how to help prepare a meal. All these things are life learned skills. We look forward to your child sharing what they have learned at home with us, which really reinforces the connection with our partnership. Enjoy some quality time with your children and they will return to school the next day with a better appetite for more learning.
See below for a published article written for a professional journal in the US to also add something to think about. There is also a link to a Ministry of Education website to give families some ideas on how to support their child at home.
Does Homework help?
Supporting your child at home