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September 24, 2015
Love/Hate Homework

Christine: Laughter Helps Kids Learn

Top Five Reasons Why Your Child Hates Homework

Suki: What happens when you get stressed out?
September is National Preparedness Month
Opinions on Homework
The Top Five Reasons and Solutions continued
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  Love/Hate Homework

Some of you told us you didn't receive the September 24th newsletter.  Here it is again --for the articles if not the events!

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In 8th grade, the first year I ever had homework (English, Math, Latin, History, Art), I loved it.  As I moved through high school the load became heavier and more time-consuming, typically 4-5 hours/night and the same over weekends. 

Homework for me was a classic love/hate relationship.  I loved it when I was good at it, there was just the right amount and I liked the subject. I hated it when it was over my head, I didn't understand it, it took away from time with my family and I didn't do as well as I wanted.  No wonder summer was and still is my favorite season.

By now, four weeks into the school year, your family life/homework balance is running smoothly, but just in case...

A popular policy for the grades seems to be the 10 minute approach: 10 minutes for first grade and add 10 minutes a year through the grades, no weekend homework, a cap of one hour on weekdays and no homework on weekends. 

After the "develop responsibility" and "pride in good work" reasons, the justification for homework becomes more complex.  What constitutes quality homework and why?  Is there room for creativity?  Is "drill" or "study" old fashioned and should this be done at home or in school or both?  Should science projects be done by students and parents or students alone?  When does responsibility for spelling or arithmetic facts become owned by the student?  How does the parent know when to help actively and when to participate by being nearby? Should/when does the parent let the child experience consequences for not meeting responsibilities?  When does the individual child move from needing guidance to being independently responsible for his homework? 

How does your family manage homework between the time school is over and bedtime?  Is your child in an after-school program that includes homework completion and do you still check it?  Is there time for play, fun enrichment activities, down time, chores, dinner together?   

Sometimes homework fits well into family routines and sometimes it can have a negative effect on a family's well-being. Seeking good ideas on keeping homework in balance with family life, we sought a few opinions.  I hope you find an approach that works for your family.

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  Christine: Laughter Helps Kids Learn

There is a song that says, "Teach your children well." We are understanding better about how children learn their lessons. The bottom line is make it fun.

There have been multiple studies that show children of all ages (and adults) learn better if the lesson has humor. 

A recent study applies fun learning to toddlers. Some researchers worked with 53 toddlers around 18 months old. The researchers used a cardboard rake to pull in a toy duck. Half the toddlers received a serious demonstration. In the other half the researchers were silly and threw the duck on the floor and smiled. Afterwards they recorded which toddlers were successful at the same task. 93.7% of toddlers in the funny group replicated the demonstration while only 25% of the serious group could replicate the work.

Another tidbit is that toddlers who laughed at the researchers in either group were more able to replicate the demonstration successfully. No one is sure how this fits in. Is laughter an indication of a better ability to interact with the environment?  Another explanation is chemical in nature. Laughter increases dopamine levels in the brain - which makes it easier to learn.

Other studies have shown that kids retain knowledge longer if humor is involved. When your kids need to learn something difficult - find a way to make it funny. Not only will your child be more cooperative - they will learn faster and retain it longer.


http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02699931.2015.1036840

http://newsroom.taylorandfrancisgroup.com/news/press-release/using-humor-to-help-toddlers-learn#.Ve2shUW6nJw

http://www.scientificjournals.org/journals2008/articles/1268.pdf

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who makes science easier to understand for all of us!  For more science, visit her here.

 

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  Top Five Reasons Why Your Child Hates Homework

By Dr Patricia Porter 

We have all been there. A child has homework to do and really does not want to do it. But I never realized how serious this situation could become until I saw results of an online survey about parents and homework. The survey indicated that:

10% had no problem getting their child to do their homework
18% had to remind their child to do their homework
48% said that homework was a daily family battle,
16% reported that homework often caused a meltdown
8% said that their child hated school because of homework!

These numbers are astonishing.What is going on here? continue>>>

 

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  Suki: What happens when you get stressed out?

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One thing that happens a lot in education is that kids get stressed out.

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Some kids get stressed by the school environment. Maybe you're at a school that has a lot of competition and you don't like competition.

Some kids get stressed by certain types of activities. Common activities that can be stressful are public speaking and test taking.

Some kids get stressed out by social interactions. Maybe you haven't found any friends at your school. Maybe you're homeschooled and you haven't found anyone yet who has similar interests to yours.

Some kids find one particular teacher or subject stressful, maybe because they're worried they aren't good at the subject they're studying.

Here's the #1 thing you should know about stress: Read on>>>>>

  September is National Preparedness Month

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•  Flood           •  Wildfire           •  Hurricane           •  Power Outage       

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  Opinions on Homework

Forget Homework: It's a waste of time for elementary-school students.

By Emily Bazelon The Case Against Homework by Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish

Over the last decade, Japanese schools have been scrapping homework while American elementary schools have been assigning more of it. What gives-aren't they supposed to be the model achievers while we're the slackers? No doubt our eagerness to shed the slacker mantle has helped feed the American homework maw. But it may be the Japanese, once again, who know what they're doing. Continue>>>


New Recruit in Homework Revolt: The Principal

By WINNIE HU

After Donna Cushlanis's son kept bursting into tears midway through his second-grade math problems, which one night took over an hour, she told him not to do all of his homework.

"How many times do you have to add seven plus two?" Ms. Cushlanis, 46, said. "I have no problem with doing homework, but that put us both over the edge. I got to the point that this is enough."

Ms. Cushlanis, a secretary for the Galloway school district, complained to her boss, Annette C. Giaquinto, the superintendent. It turned out that the district, which serves 3,500 kindergarten through eighth-grade students, was already re-evaluating its homework practices. Continue>>>


Two hours' homework a night linked to better school results

Any time spent on homework shows benefits, according to study published by Department for Education.

Spending more than two hours a night doing homework is linked to achieving better results in English, maths and science, according to a major study which has tracked the progress of 3,000 children over the past 15 years.

Spending any time doing homework showed benefits, but the effects were greater for students who put in two to three hours a night, according to the study published by the Department for Education.

The finding on homework runs counter to previous research which shows a "relatively modest" link between homework and achievement at secondary school.

The academics involved in the latest research say their study emphasises what students actually do, rather than how much work the school has set. continue>>>


Avoiding homework wars                             
by: GreatSchools Staff

Does your child  have trouble finishing homework within a reasonable amount of time? Do you and he do battle over his assignments? Learn how to stay sane and help your child succeed.

Does your child always have a problem finishing homework correctly within a reasonable amount of time? Do you have to survive a battle or devote a lot of your time and help each night? Do you question why your child has to do homework at all? If your child has learning or attention problems, it's likely you and your child have faced such challenges. Understanding the purpose of homework - and learning strategies for managing assignments effectively - can be of great help to you and your child. continue>>>

 

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  The Top Five Reasons and Solutions continued

Homework is supposed to be helping not making things worse! Homework should never, NEVER, cause issues with your relationship with your child. Your relationship with your child is far too precious to be threatened by you trying to get your child to do homework.

Now I know it can be difficult. I have worked with families where mothers (it is usually mothers) have been at their wits end trying to find ways to get their children to do homework. The anger and frustration caused by this situation spills out into all aspects of family life and causes all kinds of problems. I have seen parents threaten children with loss of privileges in an effort to get their child to do their homework. I have had mothers in tears on the phone because they don't know what to do, and even know of mothers who do their child's work for them rather than having to face the frustration and anger of getting their child to do the work!

What are you to do if your child hates homework? Unfortunately that answer is not straightforward. It depends on the reasons WHY your child does not want to do homework. Here are five reasons children hate homework and what you can do about them.

Doing homework takes time, time that you child would rather spend doing fun things.  Solution - Set a limit to the time your child spends doing homework and stick to it. If your child knows he can stop working at a certain time he will be more motivated to do the work.

The homework is too hard and your child does not know how to do it.  Solution. Tell your child's teacher that your child couldn't do it so that the teacher can review the work.

Homework is 'boring'.  Solution. This is a difficult because homework often is boring. Again, setting time limits AND talking to your child's teacher about the issue may help. Children use the word 'boring' to cover a variety of situations, you might need to check out why your child thinks homework is boring.

Homework is left to the last minute.  Solution. Help your child keep a homework agenda complete with dates for when work has to be handed in. Mark dates on a calendar and work backwards to decide when your child should to start work. Then let your child be responsible for getting the work done on time. Don't let your child let his problem (no time) become your problem.

Books needed for homework are left at school.  Solution. If this happens often it is a sure sign that your child is struggling to learn and feels that the homework is too hard. Talk to your child's teacher and try to set up a system to remind your child what books are needed but also tell the teacher if your child is struggling with homework.

So, my advice about homework is this-

The amount of benefit your child gets from finishing a homework assignment NEVER outweighs the importance of your relationship with your child. The amount of time you spend cajoling and coercing your child to do their work is counterproductive. There is no way that homework should create tension in a family, and definitely not the kind of meltdowns the survey suggests.

Stop letting your child's homework cause family problems, it is just not worth it.

Dr Patricia Porter provides parents with information and advice on helping children reach their full learning potential. Take the first steps to your child's success absolutely free by downloading the free report '5 Mistakes Parents Make when Helping Children Learn ... and How to Avoid Them!' at http://leading2learning.com

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