Heather Bremner’s article on homework peaked my interest as my
child attends Mount Madonna School, one of the schools
Heather Bremner’s article on homework peaked my interest as my child attends Mount Madonna School, one of the schools mentioned.
It is unfortunate that public school students spend so much time at their desk that in order to compensate they are assigned less study to do at home. In the upper grades at Mount Madonna, it is true the students are given a substantial load of home study. But at the same time the school day incorporates performance arts such as acting studio and voice as well as physical education.
In addition to physical education, and theatrical presentations the elementary students learn a great deal of science in the natural environment out of doors. Not all of the day is spent at a desk. I think this variable schedule is the key to good balance in a student’s school day.
In addition, many of the home assignments are designed with an integrated plan so the tasks build upon one another and the students assimilate how to develop a project from start to finish this way.
In their daily study, students practice tools that will be useful for college, career and in lifelong learning.
Heidi Collier, Gilroy