Do you find your family struggling with the amount of kids homework you have to get through each afternoon? Our education writer has some tips for you.
When I started my teaching career, I believed that giving homework in at least three subjects was not a big deal. Now that I have my own elementary school aged children, I am feeling bad for all of the kids that I put through tortuous hours of homework. I find myself fighting with my third grader to focus and keep working as we trudge through hours of after school work.
Fifteen years ago, the general rule of thumb for teachers was to assign about ten minutes of homework per grade level. So a first grader would receive about ten minutes of work, a second grader twenty minutes and so on. But times have changed. With the implementation of the new common core standards and teachers feeling the pressure to get students to perform, those numbers have gone way up. Most teachers that I know are assigning at least an hour’s worth of work each night of the week, leaving little time for after school activities and play time.