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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:09 PM
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kid's homework - always a revelation!
It amazes me that kids have such complex homework compared to when I was young ( a long time ago). My son has math problems that are really pre-algebraic word problems and he's only in 4th grade! I didn't do that kind of stuff til 6th grade and true algebra til 8th grade.

It is cool to see him learn, but sometimes the work seems too complex, although I do think they are able to master the material eventually. Anyone else feel this way?

On the other hand, looking up historical info is fascinating.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:14 PM
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1. Not sure
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 06:15 PM by redqueen
My oldest daughter is only in 1st grade, but so far the work seems entirely manageable. I thought the homework seemed excessive at first, but it's really not too bad (1 pg. of addition and subtraction problems, 1 two-sided sheet of all kinds of math-related problems). There are some simple number sentences which I don't remember doing this early, but I can see how learning to read for the math will help her later. I enjoy going over it with her. So far she doesn't need my help at all.

Oh and she also gets one reading assignment per week... with questions for reading comprehension. She reads to me then I ask her the questions. That doesn't even seem like work. :)
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:27 PM
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2. my son takes a little while to process the homework
and then he gets it after a bit of practice. I have mixed feelings about kids having too much homework, they are in school all day and I guess I don't think they should spend so much time doing more work. I didn't have to do an hours worth of HW til I was in junior high.

Even though deveopmentally/cognitively, kids are able to do so much and it benefits them in the long run ( I see all those math and read. comp. questions on the achievement tests I give), I'm not sure it's the best thing. :shrug:

So your little ones are Little! Dunno why I thought they were older...
I love that age. My son is in the mouthy stage, although he is wonderfully polite to everyone else! ;)
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:56 PM
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3. Yeah, I can totally relate.
My son's in the 6th grade and you wouldn't believe the level of math he is doing. They're doing full-on algebra. Fortunately, so far, he's been able to deal with it all.

but you're right, it's a whole different world out there than when we were kids. For example, these days, it's assumed the kids will have access to a computer to do their writing assignments on.

He's been using ours to get by and that's been fine, but he REALLY wants us to get him his OWN computer for his upcoming 12th birthday. Jeez...we never had it this good!


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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:36 PM
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4. like I said to RQ
some of the word problems are quite complex and require me showing him how to reason it out... he does get it eventually...but I get stuck on the idea that kids now have to be two years ahead of when I was a kid... and I was in advanced classes in math and science. Also that more help is required by parents to explain stuff that is initially over the kid's head. I keep meaning to look up the research rationale behind this type of thinking, but haven't gotten around to it.

I'm the one who needs a laptop these days.. I can't get at the computer except when I am home working during the day, since h is at work elsewhere!

(sorry for so many ellipses) :)
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