Wow, another school-related post. It must just be that time of year. And it is also because … I have a 4th grader.
And 4th grade homework is hell.
It makes me wonder … When did having tons of homework each night in 4th grade become the norm?
Last night, Allison had this —
- Reviewing math flashcards
- Study for geography test
- Continued work on book talk project due Monday
- Continued work on communication journal due Friday
- Reading for 20 minutes
— to do. It took 2 hours. And she didn’t finish it all. Is it just me or does that seem like a lot? When bedtime gets extended to accommodate homework, it’s extreme in my book. And not just for her … for me, too. Because I am sitting with her the whole time. Sigh.
Granted, Allison needs help staying focused. It takes everything she has to hold it together and do her best at school. She is simply tapped-out at the end of the school day. Adding 2 hours on top of that seems unbearable to both of us.
“My brain is tired. It’s out of gear,” said Allison one afternoon after school.
We will get in a groove. Surely, things will improve with practice. It will get less painful. Meltdowns will decrease. Right? RIGHT?
Do you feel my pain? Does it all seem like too much? Do you have any good advice? Want to vent? Please chime in! I’d love to hear from you!