No More Homework- Play Is Important

Play vs. Homework

I get the question all the time about homework. There is plenty of research out there that highlights that homework shows no significant impact on a child’s abilities. Personally, I view homework as a method of teaching student responsibility. However, Homework can be a stressor on the family, especially on the international circuit where most parents do not speak English. Homework also sometimes becomes more about busy work. I am all for parents who want their child to give an hour a week with additionally studying but playing is extremely important.

I have come across this adorable shop that makes homemade toys. They are offering a great discount. You have 3 days to order something! Free Shipping on Orders Over $25 at Melissa And Doug. Use Code FS25 Below I want to highlight great toys that can inspire students creative thinking and also help students develop responsibility. Learning takes place when students or children are happy. Think about your curious 2 or 3-year-old. They learn so much through play. Eight years generally are not different but for some reason once a student goes to school, the adult brain switches to more homework and less play.

The Arts

I think getting those creative juices flowing really helps children’s development. I think this sticker book is amazing because it has texture, you can color these stickers and there are different themed pages. If you want to throw an educational activity, you can ask your child to write a story about their picture or you can have them orally tell you a story about their picture. The idea for doing educational activities at home is it relates to your child. The more it relates to their interests, the better! Tell your child they can bring in their picture and story to share with their class. I love when students bring work that does at home. It shows they are always working on their skills but in fun and creative ways.

Maybe your child really will get a kick out of 3-d stickers!

Responsibility

Teaching students responsibility and they have a role in the house is a great way for your child to feel important in the house. As a teacher, I give students responsibilites such as attendance assistant, messenger, whiteboard easers, and other little duties in the classroom. Kids fight for classroom jobs. They enjoy feeling like they play a vital role in the classroom. Why would this not translate to the home? I think it can or does. This cool responsibility chart has task like setting the table. You can assign different children different activities. This can also connect to spend quality time with you. I know I love ice cream. When I was little, my mom would also have ice cream dates with me. This always motivated me to do well in school or to help out in the house.

Anouther way to teacher responsibility is to have students see and organize their life. This calender can have students add their after school activities and different events planned for a month. This gives them some responsibility to know when they have swimming class or when their grandmom’s birthday is so they can ask to call her. Teaching these skills while they are young will be remembered and useful as they grow older.

Nature Lovers

Get outside. Kids love fresh air. I also do reading or writing outside and student effort increases significantly. Exploring the outdoors is extremely fun.

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Or you can use this to play “I Spy.” This is a great game to play for students and parents to describe things they see. This is developing language skills. Again, the key word to learning after school (and in school) is keep it fun! The more enjoyable an activity the more effort and student engagement. Home should not feel like school at all. Less Homework more play.

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4 thoughts on “No More Homework- Play Is Important

  1. Eddie

    Great website! You have a wealth of information and make some very solid points. I have children of my own (4 under the age of 5). You are so right – parents tend to remove “play” from the equation as soon as our children enter school. I am guilty. Your content seems to be really genuine and I feel like I can hear you speaking as I read. Thanks for a great post! I’ll be looking forward to some more posts.

    1. Kristina Hines

      Hi Eddy,

      You are very welcome. As a teacher and aunt, I see parent’s of students always want more work. I am against homework. I do however believe reading 20 minutes or more a night is helpful. This practice can be for the whole family. When I was little, my family and I always had reading time. I disliked it slightly when I was a teenager but loved it in Elementary school.

  2. Leo

    When I read the title of no more homework, play is important. I immediately wished I had a teacher like you during my school days! I remember my younger days to be plagued with tons and tons of homework and everyone’s expectation were so high and it definitely stressed me out. Teens and young children suicide rates due to stress is also high in my country. If only educators in where I am can make sense of how to educate through play instead of force feeding knowledge like a robot.

    1. Kristina Hines

      Awww Leo, 

      I do agree with a few parents about homework. I give them program suggestions instead that they can implement in their daily routine. I do stress that additional homework proves in many studies to not be effective if the child improves academically. I think it gives 0.01% growth overall. I highly encourage reading in any language. This shows more growth. Reading! Who would have thought?

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