Handling Kindergarten Homework Overload
Questions: My 5-year-old daughter has a lot of homework in kindergarten – as much as two hours on occasion. The work is on topics she is still trying to master, so she isn’t frustrated with learning, but we have noticed a decline in her attitude toward schoolwork over the past few months.
I truly believe this attitude results from children being forced to do and learn so much that the pressure gets to them when they don’t understand it the first time. How can I improve her attitude toward learning?
Answer: No wonder your daughter is not enthused about doing her schoolwork. Two hours is way too much time for her to devote to homework. At the kindergarten level, 15 minutes is the appropriate amount of time for homework, if any is assigned.
You have waited a long time to deal with this situation. Set up a meeting with your daughter’s teacher right away to find out how you and the teacher can help your child master the kindergarten work. Be sure to discuss in detail your daughter’s skill level with the teacher. The child may simply not be ready to handle the work that she is being asked to do. This could be a result of the trend of pushing first grade content into kindergarten.
In the meantime, put some joy back into learning for your child. When working with her, focus on areas where she will have some success to rebuild her confidence in her ability to learn. Incorporate games, songs and computer activities when possible. Because her kindergarten sounds very academic, you may need to spend time this coming summer reviewing the work she has done to prepare her for next year.
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