Yep. My dd's not spending THAT much time on homework.
Yesterday she cried all the way home because the teacher kept her in from both recesses ( she is in 4th grade) to do ixl math ( a website for math practice).
She also had to give up 'free time' in class to do science work and Spanish. Kids usually spend this time sitting quietly reading and/or having a snack. Monday was like that too.
Then she had 3 math work sheets, 1 science worksheet, she had to read a book, practice Spanish and spelling, do math facts and write the spelling words she missed 20 times each ( she missed 11 so it took a while)
After all that she is supposed to do the assigned section on ixl. It can take anywhere from 10 minutes to a couple of hours. Each time you miss a question it adds more questions so you can get buried fast.
She did homeowner from 3:15 to 6:30. Then we ate dinner and she had to do ixl after. I cut her off after a half hour. I told her she had to read,knit or watch tv for 30 minutes, basically do something relaxing before getting ready for bed.
My dd is dyslexic. Work takes her longer and it's a lot more work for her than for others. She gets exhausted from the hard work she puts forth. From now on we are setting time limits. I don't care if she gets it done or not. She always works hard, she is always doing her very best. She's a perfectionist and gets so frustrated with all she has to do and redo. I'm going to tell her she will work on each subject for 1/2 an hour max. That way she will get done in an hour or two.
She has wanted to play an instrument for years and has wanted to play a sport. Well, due to the time it takes to finish her homework tree is no time for extras. She is missing out on her childhood, missing having fun with her peers. So I signed her up for orchestra and she will learn the violin. If she doesn't like it and wants to stop after a few months that's fine, but I want her to have the experience she's been begging for. I also signed her up for basketball because all her friends joined the team. If she doesn't like that she can stop after a while too. But she's been asking for a long time and she deserves to have fun and be a kid!
I'm going to meet with her teacher and discuss this of course but I don't give a monkey fart if she disapproves. They aren't doing anything to help her learn in a way she can. I'm doing all that at home. There are no IEP's or 504 plans for kids with dyslexia in my state. They just get pulled from class now and then for 'help' that is just a slower version of what they are already doing. It doesn't help dd, in fact it makes her grades worse. I pull her from the help and her grades go up a full letter. It's exasperating.
What would you do in my situation? I don't want to make it sound like I don't care about her education. I do VERY much. I spend 4-6 hours a day helping her, teaching her and looking up ways to help her work with and around her dyslexia.