Guest blogger Margaret: My daughter, who is 6, has two hours of homework per night. We usually start at around 3:00 PM and she is done by around 5:00. This seems like a lot of homework for a first grader to me, but it's usually manageable.
Last Thursday night, it took her THREE hours -- and she still didn't finish! She broke down in tears and told me she was tired, so I let her finish it the next morning.
As I listened to her sob and saw how HARD she was working, I wondered if there was something wrong with the system.
Why is it taking a smart first grader three hours to finish homework? Won't this make her HATE school later in life? It certainly doesn't instill a love for learning.
She frequently tells me that Fridays are her favorite day of school, because she doesn't have homework on Fridays.
Isn't there a better way?