My DD is in first grade. Her teacher has a large envelope(about 11 x 14) for work that was given during the school day and was not finished. The students work on it when they have extra time in class. When they can't get it done during the day, the teacher will send it home.
DD has gotten hers sent home a few times. In the past it was not too much to do and most pages only need 5-10 minutes to finish(some needed more and some needed less). Today my DD brought it home today with the teacher saying to do it ASAP. It was almost overstuffed, I was looking thru it while DD was doing today's homework. About half of it has to do with Thanksgiving and Christmas! The teacher could not have sent that work home over the Christmas break? Instead my DD has about a couple hours of work to do now.
And wouldn't it make more sense to send it home on Friday when the kids can do a bit at a time and not all in one evening?