I got to pick the boys up from school the other day. I love when I get that chance. My first-grader came running out all smiles, which is the norm but this time it was a really BIG smile. “Guess what Mom, we have NO homework for the rest of the week! Or maybe she said the rest of the year, I don’t know.”
Seriously, I don’t know who was more excited about this. NO HOMEWORK! An end to the incessant whining. Homework time has gotten a little better over the past couple of months, but there are still those days where I want to grab the page, do it myself, and stick it back in the folder in order to avoid the urge to throw a shoe at him. I am so DONE with whining about homework, and acting like he doesn’t know what to do. It’s not difficult homework. It’s the same type of thing every night, it’s only first grade after all. It’s not like he has to read chapters upon chapters out of text books. It’s one page, two sides every night.
While I was trying to contain myself and not do my happy dance right there in the school yard, the little guy came out of kindergarten with the news that he ACTUALLY HAD HOMEWORK! I contemplated doing my happy dance again because this boy NEEDS homework. If they dont’ send him home with homework I make up my own homework for him to do. Don’t feel bad, he really NEEDS it, he’s behind.
No homework gives us more time to sit and read a book together, or kick back and watch an episode of Tanked. It also gives me more time to get my butt on the treadmill, get dinner made, and make their lunches all before my bedtime. I like not having the pressure of a homework battle.
I’m looking forward to the summer with no homework…and no making lunches. However, I need to have something set up so that they are still reading and keeping focused on some school work. Do you give your kids homework or reading lists for summer? It’s something I want to do but not sure where to begin. Thoughts and ideas please.