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#1 Steph19

Posted 16 February 2020 - 10:02 AM

My DD started year 1 this year. She's developmental delayed due to a chromosomal abnormality called IDIC15.
She's in mainstream as she isn't considered disabled enough to be in special needs and the school actuslly lost any funding they got for her in FYOS.
Thing is she's behind and it was ok in FYOS because they didn't move so fast. It's week 3 of year 1 and there is more homework. It takes her sooooo long to do with a lot of help we can't possibly finish it. They didn't do maths homework in FYOS and the maths homework now I would say is pretty basic but she struggles. (She has issues with sequencing so questions like "which number is the biggest?" Is completely confusing for her.
Does anyone have this issue? Do I just talk to the teacher and set the expectation that there is no way we can get ALL the homework done each week? She is trying her best and we get what we can done but it really is hard for her.

#2 PatG

Posted 16 February 2020 - 10:10 AM

It is a bit complicated - generally those who take longest to do tasks are those who need the most practice. But it can be unsustainable. I would talk to the teacher about prioritisation of home activities. Your daughter sounds like she would have an individual learning plan and this should have some learning goals. So any homework should be tailored towards these goals.

#3 SplashingRainbows

Posted 16 February 2020 - 10:12 AM

Talk to the teacher

It might be that the homework is for parents who want it rather than because the teacher thinks it needs to be done.

I’d personally be wanting to work on one skill and consolidating it at home so finding out from the teacher what would be most beneficial for the next x weeks might also be wise.

It could also be time to discuss an ILP (individual learning plan) or whatever similar terminology they use.

#4 Steph19

Posted 16 February 2020 - 10:30 AM

Thank you. Ill mention those things. She does have an ILP but seems to still be expected to complete what the other kids are doing.
She does work hard on it and we try and do as much as possible. I've tutored kids in the past so have really just focused on those areas she needs more help (sequencing tasks seem to be the biggest issue) however they can take so long and be very draining for her so we need to stop generally after about 15min or she just gets cranky and uncooperative at which point it's completely useless continuing.

#5 #notallcats

Posted 16 February 2020 - 10:45 AM

Even without additional needs, they are really tired after school in Year one (and beyond!).  I personally wouldn't be doing anything more than 10-15 mins, and it would probably mostly be reading, or something fun based that doesn't seem like homework.  Definitely talk to the teacher, I think you'll find they don't expect it all to be done.  That's definitely been my experience in the past,  we were told once frustration set in, to put aside even if not complete.

#6 Jingleflea

Posted 16 February 2020 - 11:05 AM

Our school doesn't set homework other than reading. There have been studies that show it's useless.

If a year 1 is spending more than 15 minutes on anything then it's too much.

What happens if she just doesn't do it?

If she doesn't grasp the concepts during the school day, extra work won't help her if it's the same way they learnt in class.
She needs more specialised help, and a work sheet won't give her that.

#7 AdelTwins

Posted 16 February 2020 - 11:13 AM

I’d talk to the teacher and describe your concerns.

As for homework, I’d do some reading and see if you can play some maths based games.
Skip-Bo is number sequencing (1-12). $13
Bus Stop is counting and basic addition/subtraction. $35
Dragonwood is counting/sequencing as well as introducing probability. $30

There are lots more games around. Hopefully you will find that you are doing homework without actually doing homework.

#8 Grrrumbles

Posted 16 February 2020 - 12:25 PM

Your school should have a homework policy that you can review.

Our school only has reading and very occasionally something that needs to be filled out with parents such as some questions about where the family is from to be used in an enquiry at school or a request to interview a friend or family member about what it was like when they were kids.

Never once received a worksheet and my son is 9. He is supposed to be doing touch typing practise at home this year.

#9 Mooples

Posted 16 February 2020 - 12:28 PM

I’m a grade 1 teacher and I hope in situations like yours the parents would come to me to discuss. No way I’d want parents and students stressing about homework. Reading would be the priority I’d ask the family to make. If the teacher seems uncooperative ask to set a meeting with the individual programs / special needs coordinator, every school has a different name for them and ask them to work with you to set an achievable plan for homework.

#10 robhat

Posted 16 February 2020 - 12:39 PM

You definitely need to speak to the teacher and work out an arrangement that will best suit your child.

Homework is tricky. Parents demand it way more than they should. Teachers frequently don't like setting it or marking it. It's pretty common to just give out some standard worksheets, spelling words and reading and have it totally the same across the class, because this is easiest for the teacher, but it generally never works. I have kids who will complete their week's worth of homework in under 15 minutes. Some other parents will tell me they spend 10 minutes each night. I know of a few with kids who struggle and they can spend over an hour every day on homework. And then there's my friend's child, who has autism and although he's totally capable of the work and can complete it in 20 minutes, simply doesn't want to do it. It takes half an hour just to get him to sit down and open his book.

Schools all have different approaches and beliefs about homework so it's impossible to say what reaction you'd get, but our school has always allowed parents to totally opt out of homework if they don't want it. They have also made modifications for students who struggle. They point blank refuse to set extra or harder homework though.

#11 luke's mummu

Posted 16 February 2020 - 12:43 PM

I would be asking the teacher what’s the priority for your DD and go from there. We’ve had to do that all the way through primary school due to having extra OT and SP homework. Unfortunately our school is also strict on hand out homework Monday, and hand back in Friday’s. Which is dreadful for working parents. Other schools in my area have a hand out Wednesday, and hand back in Monday morning.

#12 Dianalynch

Posted 16 February 2020 - 12:43 PM

Expecting her to do the same work as everyone else while having an individual learning plan seems strange to me - her homework should be tailored...or non existent with the exception of reading....

#13 liveworkplay

Posted 16 February 2020 - 01:39 PM

Talk to the teachers. Generally I am anti homework at that age but with your DD's issues she will need extra support at home but expecting her to do set class homework sounds counterproductive.

The teacher won't know the issues unless you talk to them

#14 Expelliarmus

Posted 16 February 2020 - 01:59 PM

I'm pretty much anti-homework and normally would say reading and sight words - no more!

However I've been pondering lately about how a focus on numeracy lifts literacy, but not the other way around. So I think I am now leaning towards prioritising numeracy for homework over reading.

BUT I would want tailored homework to her ILP not Year 1 Standard. I needs to be 30mins per week MAX so it can be done in 2-3 10-15min sessions.

In your place I would let the eacher know you won't be doing the mainstream worksheets and focus on doing tasks with her that build number sense - specifically Quantity (how many make ...?) and Partitioning (this much and this much make X). Sequencing will come - but not until she knows 'how many'.

#15 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 16 February 2020 - 03:07 PM

At our Grade 1 and 2 meet the teachers, the group of teachers said 1 reader plus 5 mins of the Smart spelling words is the only homework they will be getting daily. It's the same as FYOS last year.
I'm happy with that as I have speech therapy homework to add to that also.
I found it easier to do a concentrated effort during the school holidays to catch up/ retain skills. I did a letter every 2nd day in the holidays for handwriting and this Xmas holidays I got readers from the library.

#16 PrincessPeach

Posted 16 February 2020 - 03:39 PM

View PostDianalynch, on 16 February 2020 - 12:43 PM, said:

Expecting her to do the same work as everyone else while having an individual learning plan seems strange to me - her homework should be tailored...or non existent with the exception of reading....

If you are in Qld, I know for a fact that shouldnt be the case. If a child has an ILP, they need to be specifically catered for.

Readers are the easy part, she would be on the base level & move up as she is ready.

My DS is year 1, he has 5 spelling words, some number facts & readers.

#17 South Coast

Posted 18 February 2020 - 08:39 AM

NSW Catholic school here and we definitely have had a big increase in homework this year...  
I get it can be stressful, last night I spent 40 mins trying to get my tablet working so DS could do the mathsonline homework - I was so frustrated!!
Anyway, DS's teacher said the priority is reading, even if you don't do any other homework..

#18 AllyK81

Posted 18 February 2020 - 08:48 AM

DS is year 1 and hasn't had any homework yet. Readers start next week but no maths homework until Year 2 at our school.

He is exhausted when he gets home and needs his down time. I think homework in Y1 is a lot to ask and if your DD has special needs that is especially burdensome.

You need to talk to the teacher to work out if it really a priority but the other concern is her falling further behind.

Can you ditch week night homework and spend some more concentrated time on set tasks with her on the weekend? You will get a lot more out of 2 x 45 minute sessions on a weekend than 10 minutes every night after school I suspect. That way you can also make it a bit more fun and not so rushed. We often do reading on the back lawn when the weather is fine and it is amazing how a change in environment sparks DS into another gear.

#19 MrsLexiK

Posted 18 February 2020 - 08:53 AM

Small Vic public here and all the students have an IPL. Reading is the only homework really encouraged. DS is a reluctant reader with readers and sitting down with us so we have what looks like more traditional homework that classes as reading. His in extension maths classes where they are given homework but it states the kids can do as much or as little as they like.

#20 seayork2002

Posted 18 February 2020 - 09:44 AM

when DS was in Y1 it was sight words, nightly reading and 2 A4 pages that were given Mon to be done by Fri.

#21 Expelliarmus

Posted 18 February 2020 - 10:33 AM


You will get a lot more out of 2 x 45 minute sessions on a weekend than 10 minutes every night after school I suspect. That way you can also make it a bit more fun and not so rushed.
45 minutes is too long, especially in Year 1. 20 minutes is as long as you should expect. That’s the length of the concentration span of a child that age.

#22 CrankyM

Posted 18 February 2020 - 10:40 AM

I'd ditch most of the homework and just let the teacher know. And I agree with expelli, don't make it more then 10 mins a night and make it something fun. Card games and dice games are wonderful for helping with number sequencing and learning number bonds. Much better for working memory and keeping the memory of it too.

#23 Fluffy Potatoes

Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:24 AM

Not quite the same but I got sick of the struggle to get Ds1 to do homework last year in year 1 so we ditched it with the full blessing of his teacher.  He couldn’t/wouldn’t engage with the readers (they’re boring mum) so he chose some books like Peter pan, Treasure Island, Geronimo Stilton and we would take turns reading pages to start with. I was more interested in fostering a love of reading rather than forcing homework.

We did put his spelling words on the toilet door every week and he would spell them out for me. Nothing quite like a captive audience 😆

It must have worked ok for him, he finished the year on level 19 and just gets his homework done this year.

#24 CrankyM

Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:40 AM

Also, I have never in all the years my kids have attended school, gotten tailored appropriate homework. Well unless you count the spelling list of their spelling group being sent home. Both my kids have diagnoses and the oldest has an IEP (which from my experience so far hasn't been worth the paper it's printed on because I am yet to see the accommodations put in place on a regular basis).

Homework here is very ad hoc though. Our school's policy clearly states they request 15-30 mins reading depending on their year level and that about it because they want kids to relax and have fun. Grade 5-6 are expected to get more regular appropriate homework. Though that still seems to be random and luck of the draw.

So work with where she is struggling but make it fun. That's all that really needs to be done.

#25 Lou-bags

Posted 18 February 2020 - 01:35 PM

View PostFluffy Potatoes, on 18 February 2020 - 11:24 AM, said:

We did put his spelling words on the toilet door every week and he would spell them out for me. Nothing quite like a captive audience

I left DS1's spelling words in the car seat pocket in front of him. By accident and because if I'm honest I had no intention of doing homework with him (FYOS/ WA pre primary) anyway.

He would get them out and do them by himself when we were out and about in the car!

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