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Parenting FAQ: How much homework is too much for a grade school child?

The bottom line is grade school children are learning the basics and need to comprehend them in order to get a good education in middle and high school. Homework is necessary to allow the student to understand the lesson and gain confidence in their abilities. It is necessary for the teacher to know that their student has a grasp of the lesson and can move forward to the next one. As parents, we need to understand that homework is very useful and be prepared to encourage our children to do their homework.
That being said, too much homework can really do a lot of damage to a child’s love of learning. Doing 5 to 10 of the same type of math problem is practice and justified. Sending home 20 to 30 problems of homework that are a new concept that a child is struggling with is overkill and detrimental to their abilities.
The National Education Association recommends that kids have a total of ten minutes per grade level of homework per night. Anything above that is considered to be excessive. I find a full hour of homework every night to also be excessive, but that would be in line with a 6th grade student according to the National Education Association.
Then, there are the times when your family has plans for the weekend and your child’s teacher has decided to schedule a major test on Monday and only go over at least a quarter of the material on Friday. Following the mantra that ‘nothing is ever perfect’, you simply need to do your best and help your child do the same when homework instances like these come up. If, however they become the norm, you’ll need to do something about it.
On the other hand, parents should have a handle on what projects are due when and what tests are coming up. When you know what your child is doing in school and pay attention to their academic calendar or planner, you’ll have less surprises.
So, what can parents do about too much homework?
Start by talking to the teacher that is assigning the homework. Try to come up with a plan that suits both parties. Be pleasant, but consistent in your message that the homework is too much and something needs to be changed.
If you do not feel comfortable talking to the teacher, make an appointment with your child’s guidance counselor or have a meeting with both the teacher and the guidance counselor at the same time. If you do not feel that your child’s needs are being met after you have this meeting, schedule a meeting with their principal and discuss it with them.
If you still are not getting anywhere, seek out other parents to find out if they are having similar experiences. If so, combine an effort to speak to the school board in your child’s school district. This is usually handled best by sending a formal letter to the board members asking for time to talk at the next meeting and copying the letter to the principal, guidance councilor, and teacher.
In Conclusion
Your elementary school child should not be slaving away doing homework for hours at night. But you do need to make time for review of some lessons learned during the day and assignments. Helping your child keep the right balance will help ensure that their love of learning continues past grade school.

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