How Much Homework Do Your Kids Have? I Say, Let's Ban Homework in Elementary School! by Mike Prochaska
My kids get on the school bus at 8:15 and return from school at 4:15. They are at school for seven hours by the time they get home from school. They normally come home hungry and I have to feed them a snack, so by the time they are ready to play it is 4:30 or 5 p.m. That gives them three and half hours, or four if they eat fast, to play with their friends, explore outside, play games, use their imagination. Childhood is short, and children need time to be kids.
They have four hours to learn the way kids should learn through play. I don’t want to make them do these sight word worksheets they bring home – they just spent six and a half hours at school! It’s time for them to be kids and play. Sure, we play sight word bingo and it helps them learn their words, but I’m not going to force them to sit at table and write them all out. Children learn through play and they need time to play.
I think homework should be banned in elementary school. Studies has shown that homework doesn’t benefit young children. Instead of homework children should read for 20 minutes every day. Our kids read to us at least one book every day before bed and we read one book to them. Some days it’s more than one book because our kids are just getting excited about reading. But reading books is way more beneficial than any worksheet.