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Lydmom April 7, 2011

My older son is in 1st grade. He frequently has almost an hour of homework a night. Sometimes more. This seems excessive to me. Am I over reacting or is this normal?

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Olesia5 June 13, 2013

I would ask couple of other parents how long it takes for there children. If it's 3 subjects: math, reading, writing, then I would say 30 min is good.


soso98 June 12, 2013

This is excessive. Studies show homework in elementary school has barely any benefits.


Education789 May 23, 2011

There is no doubt that homework is essntial for even 1st graders. Teachers will usually give the same homework to all the students. Some may complete it in half an hour. Others may take an hour or even more.
What is important is for parents to be in touch with their child and his teacher.


TeacherParent April 21, 2011

It's become far more typical but that doesn't mean it's a good idea. Schools like everything else can jump on a bandwagon and increasing hours of homework has been the bandwagon many schools have jumped on over the last 20 years. Years and years ago, homework in 1st grade was fairly unusual but a few years ago, America's schools came under criticism and they've responded to that criticism by assigning more homework and generally raising the expectations placed on children in school.

Not everybody thinks this is a good idea or an effective way to educate young children. Some teachers are responsive to parents when told the children are struggling at home with homework. Other teachers think the point of school is to struggle. Have you spoken to other parents in your son's class to see how their children are faring?

I recommend to every parent that you put your ear to the ground about next year's teachers and see if there is one that you think would be a better match for your child and then request that teacher. Till then, I also recommend to parents that they not hesitate to help their children with their homework. Young children can lose heart when it comes to homework and then grow disspirited about school in general.

There's an interesting book called "Whatever Happened to Recess and Why Is My Child Struggling in Kindergarten?" and another one called "The Homework Myth". Both writers believe that America has jumped too much on the homework wagon and that learning and homework aren't necessarily one and the same thing.


miljel23ziv April 21, 2011

It would be the best if the child, after a short break, immediately learns all the lessons and do the homework from the present school day. Follow the course of learning, find out how much he/she remembers from the school and go through his/hers notes. Do not let him/her sit too long over the book, encourage him/her to be focused, limit the time for each subject, if necessary. If your child doesnâ??t understand something, ask him to read you that part of the book, and then say how he understood it. Ask him questions, and let him arrive to conclusions on his/hers own. You should never read and present the complete solution.


Ianzmama April 18, 2011

I'm with MMurry_1. My son didn't have homework until this year after Christmas break. He's in second grade and has been in danger of falling behind. I found myself creating stuff for him to do at home just to get in the extra practice.


steelerfan500 April 18, 2011

I would say an hour is too much but it depends upon if he is getting so much work that most kids take an hour to do it or is your son not focused enough and drags it out or perhaps having trouble with a certain subject? My son typically gets a page or two of math, a spelling word writing assignment and 10 min of reading and if he does it when I get home from work he can get math and spelling done in about 20 minutes but there have been plenty of times he dragged out to an hour!


tracystr April 18, 2011

Homework is sometimes too much when you have a billion other things to do before bed time . so I use it as some extra mommy and me time. Also it does seem to reinforce what they learned in school that week. My daughter is in third grade and trust me homework is very important. They are learning things her 18 and 19 year old brothers didn't do at that grade. We have to keep up with the rest of the world. But I feel they are losing some of their childhood.


Chickenchaser April 17, 2011

Yep! Too much. However there should be homework. See other tips. Some kids finish it in school soooooo. Read as often as you can . .to your child. Reading is secondary to being cuddled.


Jamilah56 April 17, 2011

Yes, an hour is definitely too much for first grade. When I taught the rule of thumb was 10 minutes per grade level. According to that, your son should be getting no more than 10 minutes of homework each night.

You should talk with the parents of his classmates and approach the teacher or, if necessary, the principal together.

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