How much homework is enough?

How can you tell if your child is getting the right amount of homework? First, it helps to understand that homework policies differ widely from state to state, school to school, and teacher to teacher. Typically, the amount of homework increases as the child moves up to higher grades:

  • If your child consistently tells you that he has no homework or has “done it on the bus,” check with the teacher. If what your child is saying is true, the teacher might be willing to assign more challenging homework or suggest other home learning activities.
  • If your child’s homework load allows no time for play, check with the teacher. The homework load might be excessive. Discuss this possibility with the teacher and try to work out a solution together.

Between these two extremes, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out what is an appropriate amount of homework. Some children take longer than others to complete assignments: also, the homework load may be heavier or lighter at certain times of the year. A general guideline for daily homework is 10 minutes per grade. Using that template, fourth graders would get 40 minutes worth of homework and eighth graders 80 minutes. Some educators recommend more homework, while others feel that the school day is long enough and any amount of homework is too much. If you are in total disagreement with the policy followed by your child’s teacher or school, schedule a conference and try to reach a compromise.

How can you tell if the content of your child’s homework is appropriate? Here’s a good rule of thumb: Homework should not involve anything that is brand new to the child. If your child consistently requires a lot of help with homework, schedule a conference with the teacher. Possible problems my include:

  • Your child may not be paying attention in class.
  • Your child may have a listening or memory problem and may not be learning what is taught in class.
  • Your child may have a learning difference that is getting in the way of his understanding of the assignment.
  • Your child may be using homework as a way to get your attention.
  • Your child’s teacher may be assigning work that has not yet been taught in class.
  • The assignments may be unclear, unfair or without purpose.

Once you identify the problem, you and the teacher can work together towards a solution. Keep in mind that most teachers really want to help their students. If you maintain a positive attitude, most problems can be solved at the classroom level.

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