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I'm curious what others would do in this situation. My son is 11 and in 6th grade. He is on the middle school cross country team and yesterday was their first meet. It got started real late because there were 4 different schools and well over 100 kids involved and one school arrived really late. We... show more I'm curious what others would do in this situation.

My son is 11 and in 6th grade. He is on the middle school cross country team and yesterday was their first meet. It got started real late because there were 4 different schools and well over 100 kids involved and one school arrived really late. We didn't get home from the meet until 6:00pm and then we did dinner. By the time my son got started on his homework it was 7:30 and his bedtime on a school night is 8:30 and he still needed his shower.

For homework he had

a math paper
read 30 minutes
do a reading response
spelling
a vocab cartoon thing to do
TWO entries in his writer's notebook (free write)

The reason he had the writer's notebook to do is because he didn't finish any at school. Normally the kids do those at school and then bring it home on Thursday night if they still have one to do (they do three per week, due Fridays), well he still had two left to do and the first one he had done the night before so he didn't do any at school all week so I wonder why when they are supposed to be given time at school to do those.

So anyway, on top of all this my son has a learning disability so it takes him twice as long to get homework done. He ended up getting the math paper, reading and reading response done and nothing else because by then it was 8:30 and he still needed his shower. He got to bed at 9:00, 30 minutes later than normal.

My question is, would you have had your child stay up late until all the homework was done which could have been until 9:30 plus still needing the shower, or would you have them complete what they can until it gets to the time they really need to get to bed to have a good nights rest?

I am second guessing myself now. I did send his teacher an email last night explaining the situation and what he got completed and told her I could have him complete the rest over the weekend if she liked but that with his cross country meet running so late he didn't have time to get everything done (which I felt was an overload of homework anyway and I did mention that (not in so many words).

Hopefully she will understand considering this doesn't happen all the time (at least I hope every cross country meet won't run that late!)

Update: UGH! how do all my questions always end up so long?! Sorry!

Update 2: I have 3 kids in high school, this is honestly the first time this has ever happened where we literally ran out of time to get homework done. plus my older 3 boys don't have learning issues and have always been able to get more done in a short period of time when needed.

Update 3: they go directly to the meet at the end of the school day, he doesn't come home first. Typically they never give that much homework to him in one night.

Update 4: I don't like to make excuses for my son but it's a fact that he has a learning disability (he has an IEP at school) he isn't a typical kid. Like I said we never had this issue with my older boys because they could get it done quicker. it takes my son a lot longer to do his work. he's a slow reader, he struggles... show more I don't like to make excuses for my son but it's a fact that he has a learning disability (he has an IEP at school) he isn't a typical kid. Like I said we never had this issue with my older boys because they could get it done quicker. it takes my son a lot longer to do his work. he's a slow reader, he struggles with math etc...again not saying it's an excuse but it is a factor. My son also has social issues and anxiety so the fact that he got involved in a school sport is very good for him as well so I wouldn't want him to quit the team. Not to mention like I said, he has not had this much homework in one night before so that's not typical either.

Update 5: now I remember how mu questions get so long. I try to add as many details as I can because otherwise people grab onto one concept but obviously adding details doesn't make a difference because people refuse to consider them. For example everyone assumes he could have done the homework between school and the meet... show more now I remember how mu questions get so long. I try to add as many details as I can because otherwise people grab onto one concept but obviously adding details doesn't make a difference because people refuse to consider them. For example everyone assumes he could have done the homework between school and the meet and they don't think of the fact that he might not come home during that time, they go directly to the meet. So I try to give all the facts so nothing is left to assume. This is how my questions get so long LOL and even with my long question things were still assumed.

Update 6: I just got an email back from the teacher. She apologized to me. She said that the spelling and vocab cartoon were written on the wrong day, he was supposed to write them in for due next week so he wrote it in the wrong place (his special ed teacher usually writes his stuff in the agenda but she said she wasn't... show more I just got an email back from the teacher. She apologized to me. She said that the spelling and vocab cartoon were written on the wrong day, he was supposed to write them in for due next week so he wrote it in the wrong place (his special ed teacher usually writes his stuff in the agenda but she said she wasn't there yesterday). She said that he only had one writer's notebook entry to do because he had done one in school that day and he must have forgot to check off the box that he did it. This is another issue my son has is memory issues. He had told me he thought he did one at school but I can never tell if he is remembering right and since it was not checked off I have no way to know for sure. So really the only thing he didn't get done was one notebook entry. She apologized for the confusion and said he could do his notebook entry over the long weekend. So his homework was supposed to be a math paper, read, reading response and one notebook entry. This would be more what I would ex

Update 7: well my son needs the sleep he gets. If he doesn't go to bed at 8:30 then he is tired the next day and difficult to wake up so I don't really care if you think 8:30 is too early. It also takes him time to fall asleep. I have done research on how much sleep kids need and kids 7-12 need about 10-11 hours of sleep. My... show more well my son needs the sleep he gets. If he doesn't go to bed at 8:30 then he is tired the next day and difficult to wake up so I don't really care if you think 8:30 is too early. It also takes him time to fall asleep. I have done research on how much sleep kids need and kids 7-12 need about 10-11 hours of sleep. My son gets up between 6 and 6:30 so he gets 9 1/2-10 hours of sleep. I think my bedtime is reasonable and he has never complained. He is tired by 8:30 on school nights.

Update 8: juke box...yea I think realize that the older he gets the later his bedtime will be because the older he gets the less sleep he needs. I have teenagers in high school, they don't go to bed at 8:30 LOL he is still young, he's not in high school he's only 11 years old.

Update 9: Des. I was writing the teacher to let her know what he didn't get done and why. I wasn't writing to get her to excuse him from his work. I was just telling her what he got done and what he didn't get done and was honest about why.

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I was thinking just a minute ago, maybe i should print out a dozen posters about how too much homework is counterproductive, and sticking them all around school, perhaps the teachers would get the message, it's also a sort of indirect protest :)
Yesterday i had loads to do too, and what i did was, i ignored the work that was causing me too much stress, it was revision for a test, and i thought when i get a spare moment in school like at break i'll read through the many pages of my revision book before class, what happened? the teacher was ill and the test was (for a second time) postponed, before another test, my teacher had a car accident, another piece of hw i never completed, the teacher didn't even notice, she never looked for it, be selective with what you do and don't. Try and 'beat around the bush', ultimately, do you care about these minute little tasks, or do you care for your long term goal, in the exams in june?

Also, i thought to myself yesterday, i'm gonna let myself fail on homework and random little tests, if the teachers feel concerned, they will speak to me first before just suddenly kicking me off the course, and when they ask me what's going on? I'll tell them everything, that this accumulation of homework is giving me more stress than it's worth. That it's counterproductive in the fact that i can't just come home from school and happily revise in depth one page of my revision guide a day so that it's ingrained in my mind. And that instead, i'm worrying about petty deadlines, which give me no time to bother with the real exams that are important, and that i don't want to be cramming for my exams in the last month, so that's why i didn't put any effort into their homework :(

If teachers are strict about hw, do the bare minimal, if say you need to hand in a paragraph of something, it's just a case of quickly doing what you know jotting down whatever, surprisingly, even if it does become waffly, you'll find yourself writing down more and more than you expected as more ideas flow. I remember doing my gcse's one teacher said i'm a minimalist, at the time i was like that's not a good thing, but now i realise, in the case of homework, it is, school is just about survivial and priotising

SOLDIER THROUGH YOUNG WARRIOR, DON'T LET THE TEACHERS KILL YOUR SPIRIT, JUMP AND SPRINT LIKE YOU DID IN NURSERY, YOU ARE NOT YOUR HOMEWORK :D
LOL i'm in a giddy mood, right now answering your question i'm procrastinating on work.

At first i was going to both revise for a test and do some other work, but i'm eliminating the 'other work' , i'm just gonna copy it up from a friend at lunch and now i just need to revise, i'll probably even reduce that, instead of revising intently, i'll probably end up vaguely making rough notes

Just write down all the tasks you need to do, and look at each individually, and ask yourself, is my blood, sweat, tears, health etc. worth it for... THIS ? Don't give yourself any stress if the answer is no :)

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