Homework: does your child have it? how do you handle?
After being tucked in at least 30 minutes prior, our 10-year old fifth grader scurried downstairs in a real hurry last Sunday night. With a frantic look on her face, she held up a paper with about a dozen questions on it about Paul Revere. "I was supposed to do this! It's due tomorrow!"
I certainly know the feeling of having forgotten to do something and the feeling of needing to get something done right away. I used a calm voice and demeanor, as I know just how stressed she was at that moment. We tackled the questions together, I kind of prodded her along with leading questions.
Our fifth grader gets homework. Our first grader does not. We never really ask, "do you have any homework?" We just know and assume and fully trust that it will get done. And, it almost always does. Thank goodness our school's teachers deliver only a moderate-to-mild dose of homework for any given night. Some nights, there is not homework. Lucky kids: I recall having at least two hours-worth of homework, every night, when I was growing up.
Have times changed? Do your kids get a lot of homework? I know every kid is different, but how do you handle homework in your home? Does your child get it done even before they get home (I know some kids who do!)? Does your child do it in a hurry at the breakfast table? Do you do it together every night?