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08/03/2013 at 12:47
Iv mentioned Ls school before, I feel for nursery they get a lot if homework (a home scho book for weekend news, a computer programme where they do letters snd numbers a book to read with the family and a letter chain with various letters that they need to recognise, sound out and if they want to they can write), no idea what would happen if we didnt do the homework. Anyway I really do like the school, really hope he gets in for September. We went to a parents night back in October, they said his number recognition was fantastic and they suggested he join in with reception for number work anyway we said that so long as he was happy doing that then fine, here's now doing simple sums. Anyway the teacher keeps us very well informed and basically if L is busy doing something with the nursery class (maybe in the computer suite or whatever) then he won't be taken away from that to do number but he can join in whenever iyswim.
anyway, he's come home today, his teacher has put a reading book in his bag with a letter, now I'm a bit p'd off she didnt speak to me about it but its obviously been because Isaac is poorly and Ls friends mum dropped him off at home as I couldn't go out so I don't think it was meant that she didnt speak to us. But basically L now has this reading book its called 'this is me' and the teacher is going to do it with him every Friday (not just L there's a group of 3 other boys and 1 girl in his nursery class), its stuff like 'this is my eyes' he now doesn't do the book that we read with him.
so anyway my point is, this is a lot isn't it? Or is it? He was only 4 in jan its preschool not actual reception but they are In a foundation unit with preschool and reception in the same class. I'm all for encouraging him and he is always pointing out letters and spelling words out etc and that's good but I don't want to bombard him iyswim
08/03/2013 at 12:53
That is utterly ridiculous for nursery or reception to me. The only 'homework' Joshua gets in Reception is a reading book and before that it was letter sounds/blending strips (which we did even though he could read when he started). If he chooses to do more then that's fine but school certainly don't expect any more and tbh the amount L is getting is more than even our yr 1 or 2 children get.
The point of foundation stage is to allow the children to learn predominantly through play so if L is finding things easy, there should be plenty of scope to extend him within his group rather than loading him with homework. I would be like you, reluctant to sit through it all as the last thing you want to do at this age is make it a chore.
Catarina may be able to help more, IIRC she is a Repcetion teacher so will hopefully have more advice.
08/03/2013 at 13:09
Thanks m, yes Catarina has said before its a lot. I'm not sure what woukd happen if we didnt do it tbh, L LOVES school so as soon as he gets home on a Friday he's desperate to get his homeschool book out but obviously its for weekend news. The computer programme is called education city and basically its like 5 fat sausages sizzling in the pan, they have to click on 3, 4 etc, there's animal sections, letter sections etc.
See I think that if he enjoys it then that's great but if we ran it down his throat then will that cause problems later? All fs1 (nursery children) get the book to read with family, home school book and letter chain home its just this new book L now has that certain children get.
08/03/2013 at 13:14
I would keep doing it if he enjoys it but if he is reluctant to do it, then I'd just leave it and explain to the nursery that it didn't get done. It's not compulsory school yet, so I can't see how they can enforce it.
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