Homework: Why Children Enter The Fourth Grade

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As children enter the fourth grade, the purpose of homework changes to some extent. In grades one to three, students are learning to read; thereafter, they are reading to learn. In fourth grade both schoolwork and homework become more challenging. Learning tasks require more organization and more sustained attention and effort.

Because of this change, homework becomes a more integral part of children's learning and is reflected more in their academic record. This shift comes at a good time, since at about the fourth grade; children are ready for and want more autonomy and responsibility and less parental hovering and interference.

Homework for older children has a number of purposes. It provides an opportunity for review and reinforcement
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