I don’t know about you, but personally, I am not keen on homework for little ones. I like to have some free weekends, go with the flow, check the weather and decide with my four-year-old what to do. Until now, evenings were often the same. My daughter would say if she fancied going out on her balance bike or to the park or just heading home. Now I am having to plan for homework and schedule it in.

What does she have to do? Surely it’s not so onerous?

Well, maybe you wouldn’t find it so. So here’s what she has to do and you can decide:

Daily:

Doodle Maths.

She enjoys this. She sometimes gets frustrated with it if it is unclear or as she isn’t sure which the true and the false buttons are (YES/NO would be easier).

Three times a week:

Reading.

I went to what I thought was going to be a talk on how to do this last night. It ended up being a rushed introduction to phonics over reception, years 1 and 2 and included spellings as well as writing and didn’t really go into the basics of sitting down and reading with your kid but there you go. We tried it tonight with the book instructions and I think it went ok.

To be completed by the 3rd December:

Twelve diverse tasks.

This I am afraid is my major bugbear. I need to make a plan and work out how to provide evidence of tasks completed or my daughter will not be mentioned in assembly 🙁

So far we have done: balance bike and new balance scooter (need to print a photo); the alphabet poster (over two days); the Harvest festival bag and we have attempted ordering the natural objects from the park.

Extra things sent in book bag:

Design a Christmas card to raise money for the PTA. This was quite fun, I must say as my daughter is creative.

Complete a ‘WOW’ sheet. (I  had no idea what it was either when it arrived but it is to log things your little one is proud of).

All in all my opinion on the homework given:

I find it an intrusion into our time. We love museums, the swimming pool, going to the park, sometimes going to a performance, meeting friends and stuff like that. It would be nice to be able to do it without having to think ‘oh I must get a photo of that then get it printed’. So far so good with the maths and reading but I don’t want it to change our relationship and turn me into my daughter’s teacher (I do that by day in a secondary school and would rather not do it at home too!)

Do let me know what you think in the comments box. Do you think it is an invaluable age to learning at that age? Is there another side to it underneath (thinking league tables and Ofsted)?

How much homework does your child get?