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Old 02-27-2011, 09:29 PM   #1
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Question How long does homework take for your elementary student?

I am wondering how long homework takes for most elementary students, I remember when I was in school i didn't have any homework until 5th grade, now kids have to prepare for standerdized testing in KINDERGARTEN!!!!! ugh, how long does your child do homework every night?
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:38 AM   #2
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My son, who is in 4th grade now, has about 45 minutes of homework. BUT, this is a big but, he is very bright and it doesn't take a whole lot of effort for him to complete it. I would imagine it takes the other kids in his class between and hour and a half and two hours to complete the same work.

He started getting nightly homework in second grade, and it has gotten more and more each year.

Standardized testing....I have very mixed emotions about this kind of testing. I don't think that most schools use it properly. I believe it should be used to judge where kids are at, where they need more help, and to catch and 'holes' in the schools teaching methods. Prepping for a standardized test seems stupid to me. Cramming a bunch of information into a little kids head so they can get good marks so the school looks good/gets more funding, doesn't seem like a good plan to me.
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I've learnd it schould take about 10 minuts per grade per day...

sam, in 6th grade never neads more time than half an houer... but she is realy bright and often finishes them in school
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Children here don't have homework in primary school (age 4-11)however they do have reading books, normally one a fortnight. They do have two standardised tests in this time however revision is not undertaken and it is to test the success of teaching methods rather than the stage of the students.
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The general rule is that no more than 10 minutes per grade level should be assigned. However, some students will take longer than that and some will not take that long.

My child is not in school yet, so I don't know yet how long she will take.

I have a friend with a child in middle school at a local private school. Homework has become the defining issue for that family, and she will not be attending the school next year. She feels there is too much homework assigned, though I'd guess there are parents out there who think there is not enough assigned.

Homework should be designed to practice a skill, not to complete work that can't be completed during class. For example, my daughter is taking a pre-writing course through her daycare offered by an occupational therapist. She brings home homework that includes little exercises she can do, such as using tongs to grab small objects, etc. This is appropriate homework, in my opinion.

Last edited by MomoJA; 02-28-2011 at 03:06 PM.. Reason: I had said pre-reading when I meant pre-writing, which makes the homework make more sense.
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I'd eccho those amounts. In general, my third grade has 10 minutes of math facts, a minimum of 10 minutes of reading, although we generally do between 15 and 30 minutes), spelling which probably takes 10 minutes. So, 30 in general, then a little more if there's a study guide for a test or something.
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Homework should be designed to practice a skill, not to complete work that can't be completed during class. For example, my daughter is taking a pre-writing course through her daycare offered by an occupational therapist. She brings home homework that includes little exercises she can do, such as using tongs to grab small objects, etc. This is appropriate homework, in my opinion.
I agree with you.
There are also instances that students are given way too much homework.
How much homework can elementary school students expect to have? That's a tough question. A lot of people argue that kids should have ten minutes of homework for every grade. So first graders should have ten minutes, second graders should have twenty minutes, third graders should have thirty minutes, and so on. How long your child's homework takes depends so much on your child. This is one of the things I find frustrating. Parents will come in and complain that their child has two hours of homework, but you watch them do it and they are daydreaming for at least an hour and a half of those two hours, so its really only thirty minutes of homework. I would say that kinder, first, second: thirty minutes of homework. Third, fourth: forty five minutes of homework. Fifth, sixth: about an hour of homework, but that's concerted doing homework time. It's not homework in front of the TV. It's not homework in the kitchen while you are chatting between problems. So if you find your child doing more homework than that, and they are concertedly working, and they are really trying then that is probably time to talk to the teacher and just try to figure out whats going on. But some teachers are going to give more than that and I think its one of those things you roll with and try to survive.
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Oh, I forgot that part! The 4th graders also have to read for a minimum of 30 minutes every night as well. Then, if there are any tests, like spelling, studying for that is in addition to the regular homework.

I tend to let my son's teachers know if there was a lot of homework or if any of it was particularly difficult. Occasionally he has something that he seems to know absolutely nothing about. So I check to see if it is a 'new to me' skill or something they learned about in class (and he wasn't paying attention).
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Default Re: How long does homework take for your elementary student?

I would say it depends on the school and teacher. I saw a news report that the home works are getting tougher and taking longer. Mine attends a very competitive elementary school (so competitive that school report cards basically don't tell you anything unless your child falls behind). She is a second grader. Every day, she has to read minimum 20 minutes, and usually math fact practice or worksheets, and writing for 20 minutes. When the homework is reading + writing, that's minimum 40 minutes. When it's math facts, it's up to the parents to choose what math facts to practice and how long. We end up doing at least 30 minutes of math fact practice. That is 50 minutes when you add 20 minutes of reading. Given the short attention span and easy distraction of second graders, it's often an hour and longer.

I personally believe home work should be easy enough for the kids to do it by themselves, but I can't let my child fall behind. The school in fact encourages parents to do homework with the kid. I'm practically a single parent, and get often overwhelmed by this parenting demand.
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wow, 30 min of math facts for a second grader, it seems like that woul dbe hard to keep productive for that long. By the time we get to the end of 15 min of math facts, I can tell I'm losing attention and I'm not really sure how productive it is.

You're doing 30 minute of addition and subtraction facts? That must be full sets of 1-20 facts about 4 times through...

I can see maybe we're being too lax on the reading time, we're doing like 15-20 on top of any reading time he does at school. School really only encourages him to do a min of 10 min, they have a 30 day challenge to do 300 min and they get extra recess time, or some such.
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