Homework: Is It Really Helpful?

With Cécile Bouvet, teacher

Real chore for kids, real hassle for parents, homework often has a bad reputation. However, they can be useful for children, as well as for parents.

Law: is it legal to give homework in elementary school? Are written school assignments really forbidden?

Written assignments given in primary school have been officially banned since the publication of a decree and circular in 1956. But the law has since been repealed. According to the Ministry of National Education, a primary school teacher can now give homework. However, it should only be: oral work (e.g. reading or research) or lessons to be learned. So no written work, but readings or beautiful poems to recite and listen to.

Is homework so important for primary school children?

Homework is supposed to be a time of reflection and assimilation. ” It’s mainly about reactivate acquired knowledgeto remind the student a bit of what he did during the day “, says Cécile Bouvet, a primary school teacher in Annecy. ” Personally I give small lectures, or even words already known to spell with mom or dad ‘ she continues. It’s time for the child to come back to his difficulties and discuss his newfound knowledge with his parents. Your child will learn to focusto do its job memorywhere he memorizes all the information he has processed in the classroom.

When he is a little older, the teacher can organize his schedule by not giving him homework for the next day the day before, but for example three days later. A good way help your child to organize, manage their timebetween work, leisure and family life.

Less time spent

Keep in mind that elementary school homework shouldn’t be time consuming: ” your child has already had a long day, Spending 15 to 20 minutes of your time on homework is enough ‘ the professor recommends.

What is the role of parents outside of school?

Due to time constraints, it can sometimes be difficult for parents to fully invest in the education of their children. In addition, the parent-teacher meetings are not numerous enough, making it difficult to keep track of your child’s progress. Homework then forges a link between the school and the parents, it helps them to know what is happening in the classroom. “ When your child reads his or her poetry or verb in the present tense, it makes learning real “, explains Cécile Bouvet.

It is also an appointment with his child, a time of sharing and listening for his good education. If he has something to read, a lesson to learn, you can take advantage of this time to read a few pages of the book or manual with him and help him if needed. This makes it easier to track your child’s progress or difficulties.

Further, ” a student is often proud to show what he has learned », assures Cécile Bouvet. He will therefore appreciate that you his work in considerationand to be encouraged and congratulated for doing your best.

Create good conditions: when and how to do homework, especially in the first grade?

In order for the homework to go well, you must: have a space to workrest and the necessary equipment “, says Cécile Bouvet. The presence of mom or dad is also strongly recommended: stay next to him, sit close by, because in primary school and especially in first grade we often lack the autonomy to do our homework alone after school.

However, not all children are lucky enough to have their own office or parents who are 100% available to them. ” Homework can be a vector of educational inequalitiesemphasizes Cécile Bouvet. It is also mainly for this reason that they are legally supervised and that the learning takes place mainly in the classroom, so that parents do not have to take care of it. “.

Is buying a holiday notebook mandatory when school is over? What’s their point?

Almost inevitably, holiday notebooks are still a huge success: almost 4.5 million copies are sold every summer.

According to the Institute for Research on the Economics of Education, children who fill out their vacation book outperform those who do nothing. Anyway, most kids give up after a few days, according to the same study. And you don’t have to force your kids to continue: the purpose of these notebooks is to review what they’ve learned in class, and it’s no use if they become a source of stress and conflict.

Especially since it is possible to learn differently: instead of a vacation notebook, every student should read a little every day “, Cécile Bouvet develops. The whole day, ” you can also reactivate his knowledge regularly, in the form of a gameshe advises. For example, in CP-CE1, we learn to add. Parents can play goose games, little horses, all kinds of dice games, but by making the rule more complicated: we roll the dice and decide that the result is the number of dice + 10 “. It’s about forever stimulate the child’s creativity, imagination and curiosityso that he has even more eagerness to learn at the beginning of the school year!

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