How much homework is too much homework for a 4th grader?
My daughter is not suffering in school. She brought home all A's and B's this last report card and in the communications I've had with the teacher have all been great reports about what a great student my daughter is. For the majority of the year the teacher has sent a homework packet home on Friday's and it is due back on the following Thursday. This packet consists of 4 pages of math work and three spelling assignments. That's it. She has a week to do all that and we haven't had any trouble with her getting her homework packets done on time. Once in a while if my daughter doesn't get something finished in class she brings that home and finishes it, but that's been rare until recently. Lately she's been bringing home several things a week that she hasn't finished in class. Oh, and she has to read at least 75 minutes a week and log that on the homework packet.
Well, tonight she had quite a bit and I asked why she didn't get it finished in class and she said her teacher had her help grade papers while the other kids got to work on their class work and as a result my daughter didn't have enough time to finish hers. I asked why the teacher had her do that and she said "My teacher says she doesn't always have time to grade our work. I asked my daughter if this is why she's been bringing so much homework home and she says, sometimes yes, and other times it's because the teacher asks her to help the other students who are having trouble understanding. I'm confused here. Isn't it the teachers JOB to grade the papers and help the kids who are having trouble with the material? I mean, I get when they all group grade an assignment, because that's something they're all doing and a single student isn't losing work time to help the teacher out.
Tonights homework, I kid you not, has taken my daughter almost three hours to do and now she's just starting her reading. I did give her a thirty minute break and she's not complaining, but I'm worrying. I have parent/teacher conferences on Friday morning, so I plan on bringing this up, but I wanted an outside opinion on this. On average when my daughter doesn't get work done in class she takes about an hour on top of the normal 45 minutes to an hour of regular homework she does.