Montessori students are not typically assigned homework. Montessori educators do not believe in dictating the work of their students at home, instead reserving that time for family, relaxation, and the child’s own interests. There are many benefits of a no homework policy, as well as alternatives that allow children to continue learning while home.
The Benefits of Homework-Free Time
Children spend all day learning with the help of their peers and teacher. The last thing they should be worried about when they get home is hours of school work to complete. A no homework policy makes education more fulfilling rather than stressful. Some key points to consider are:
- Kids require wind down time. If children can come home and relax, they are more likely to return to school refreshed and ready to challenge themselves. Homework can often cause burn out, affecting the child’s ability to enjoy life inside and outside of the classroom.
- Family bonding time is crucial to development. Lack of homework creates more time for families to spend together. This enhances social skills, confidence, and behavior.
- Children need time to pursue their own interests. Some of the time left over after school should be spent on hobbies or extracurricular activities such as music or dance. You can get an understanding of your child’s interests by watching them and asking questions.
Alternative Homework Activities
Kids have a natural desire to learn, absorbing information everywhere they go and from everything they do. Although they may not be completing traditional assignments, there are still many things they can learn at home.
- Household chores as homework. Education goes far beyond reading, writing, and math. Children must also learn how to care for themselves. Allowing your child to help around the house promotes social skills and independence.
- Making math out of household activities. Pairing socks and cutting food items into equal pieces are a good example of this concept. Your child can also help with shopping and making change.
- Read together frequently. Reading to your child often helps to hone their language skills. If your child is of reading age, take turns reading books to each other each night.
Montessori schools generally avoid homework for the benefit your child, but that doesn’t mean your child’s education will come to a stop at the end of each school day. You can teach your child a variety of things by spending time together. This quality time may not be available if your child is busy with homework.
Admn January 25th, 2017
Posted In: Montessori, Montessori Educators
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