Alternatives to Homework

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] The Joys of Homework Photo used under creative commons This week I read an interesting blog post called "Why do we torment kids with homework?" which had me reflecting on my own personal experiences with homework as a student and teacher.  Homework has become a very divisive topic with parents, teachers and school boards.  There has been a tremendous amount of research done on the effects of homework which suggests that for our youngest students there is no connection to improving learning. Today I am not going to write about my personal philosophy of homework but rather provide some alternatives to traditional homework.  Activities that parents and their children can do together or that students can do on their own that will not only provide learning benefits but will be of interest to children. Play sports or games as a family - what better way to...
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