I have never shied away from the fact that I am not a fan of homework for infant and primary children and told both the boys teachers when I met them and they understand that the boys only tend to do homework if it lights their fire or pushes their button, which isn’t very often. They are 4 and 6 and there are much better things they can spend their time doing other than homework.
But Maxi’s homework really hook the biscuit this last couple of weeks. He was asked to design and build his own model castle. Hmm my then 5 year old (now 6) was given 2 weeks to come up with a written plan, drawn design and then the final model. He has had no interest in this until Monday morning, when he saw some of the castle’s going in to school and yes you guessed it not one of them looked as though it had been made by a six year old. Oh no competitive parenting at it’s best or should that be worst. We saw castles of all shapes and sizes, but they all had one thing in common, they were almost perfect replica’s with battlements, moats and drawbridges.
Maxi did attempt to have a go at making battlements on his cardboard box at the weekend, but he wasn’t strong enough to cut it and me and MadDad so not do our child’s homework for them. So I have had to give in a little and I have sat with him and helped a little in making his castle, I cut the tubes and held them whist he glued them, but that is where I drew the line. This is his homework not mine.
I did suggest to him that we made a cake that looked like a castle with upside down ice cream cones as turrets, but he didn’t want to, so cardboard model it is.
However, I have put a note in his homework book “Who was this homework for, Maxi or me and his Dad? I am awaiting the answer.
What are your thoughts on homework at this age?