Homework expectations--how much work do you expect your child to do?
I only have one school aged child, my 10 year old SD. She lives with us full time.
Her teacher sends home a homework packet every Friday and they have to turn it back in on the following Thursday. It has 3 pages of math homework and three spelling assignments. One of the spelling assignments is to write sentences for some of the spelling words, usually the kids get to pick which words they want to write sentences for. Well, two of my SD's spelling words this week are "outdated" and "updated" and the sentences she wrote, while somewhat accurate did not demonstrate that she actually knew what the words meant. So I made her look up the definitions in a dictionary and write better sentences. She did so, but wasn't happy about it, and she came back with better sentences.
I am also the type of parent who has in the past given her extra math problems to help solidify the method of doing math. She is currently struggling with division and the class is moving on to fractions, so at home I give her a few extra (like 10 problems) a night just to help her learn the steps and really get it set in her mind that you do it this way.
My DH agrees with the way we do things. I'm just curious about how much other parents work with their kids or how much they actually expect of their kids. If it isn't obvious that your child knows the definition of a spelling word, how do you help them learn? And yes, I sit with her if she's having a problem and I am there for her to ask questions, but I still make her work it out for herself.