My fourth grader’s regular classroom teacher doesn’t believe in homework on the weekend. She says the kids work hard enough during the week and should enjoy their two days off. However, my child’s gifted teacher who instructs her in math and language arts does believe in homework over the weekend.
So last weekend my child did three pages of math, wrote the final draft of a paper, finished reading the last of several assigned chapters in a book and answered a page of questions about what she had read and then read several chapters from another book that they will eventually use for a project. She spent about four hours on Saturday and about an hour and a half on Sunday doing work.
It felt like a lot of homework for a 9-year-old, especially for a weekend. You can’t exactly take a weekend trip with that kind of work hanging over your head.
I will say that this week’s homework has seemed lighter. I’m not sure if it’s because we did so much over the weekend and are actually ahead of schedule or if she realized it was a lot so backed off some.
Am I crazy or was that a lot of homework? Should teachers assign homework for the weekend? If so how much is acceptable in which grades?
Ancillary question: Is 9 too young to read “To Kill A Mockingbird?” Rose has been reading Newbery books for literature study at school. One of the books she is working on is “Ginger Pye” by Eleanor Estes. Estes was not an author with whom I was familiar but her brother and sister characters remind me a lot of Jem and Scout from “To Kill A Mockingbird.” I think Rose would enjoy the relationship of Jem and Scout and would handle the racism plotline pretty well. But I am worried about introducing her to the concept of rape, which is what the black man Tom Robinson is accused of in the book. So I’m thinking I should wait even though I think she would enjoy the writing style and like the relationships of the characters. What do you think? What’s a good age for “To Kill a Mockingbird?”
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