A Thoughtful Approach to Homework
Too often, homework can be meaningless busywork that stresses and overwhelms students and their families, crushes creativity and has little impact on children's future success.
In Waldorf education, we take a thoughtful, age-appropriate and balanced approach, where homework is introduced later (Grade 3), and is focused on meaningful assignments that foster creativity and further their understanding. Assignments will often include an artistic or project-based component as well.
Our approach to homework is rooted in sparking students’ imagination and creativity, helping them to learn to articulate their understanding and viewpoint, and cultivating a strong love of learning. The aim is to ensure that students are leading healthy balanced lives that include time for rest, recreation, free play and family time.
For additional research on the impact of homework on students see the following:
Is Too Much Homework Bad for Kids’ Health?, Healthline
Kids are onto something: Homework might actually be bad, Popular Science
Homework: How Much Is Too Much?, Edutopia