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    By Julianne

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    I agree that this sounds like quite a lot for a first grader to handle. I am unfamiliar with your math program, but is there any way you could send home math work two or three times a week rather than every night? Perhaps you could have the students do the other math homework pages as a part of their centers rotation, or at some other time during their day. That way you could assign spelling two or three nights a week, alternating with math. The reading is a given. I don't know a first grade teacher that doesn't want her kids to read or be read to at least 10 minutes a night. It will be interesting to see what other ideas people come up with for this situation. I feel that small children should have a chance to just "be kids" and not be burdened with tons of homework in the early grades. But I know the pendulum is swinging toward more rather than less homework.

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