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post #21 of 43
Only one of mine is in school.

DD1 is in first grade, in NJ. She gets homework-- it takes her about a half hour to complete, but that's because she dilly-dallies and stops a zillion times to chat. If she sat down and just DID it, it would take about ten minutes at the most. It's usually a little paper minibook to read, with a brief writing response to it. Then there's usually a math practice page.

In Kindy, she got two worksheets a day. They were usually very simple things she could do independently, and they took about ten minutes.

We also have a reading log thing but I don't do it. DD1 reads for an hour or more nearly every night, but I think that timing it and logging it kills the joy of reading for her, so I take the log away from her, and I just fudge the log to make the teacher happy. I'm okay with that, because on average she's reading nearly four times as much as they require-- just not as lock-step consistently as they want.

Our school gives no homework on weekends, but we do get special projects to do over school vacations, and I think they're a royal pain in the neck, because they're mostly things that cost me money in materials, and I wind up doing most of the work because it's too difficult for DD1. So far we've done them, though, because DD1 didn't want to be the only one who didn't do it, and I'm okay with that.
post #22 of 43
My son is in third grade. The expectation at his school is 10 minutes per grade. Last year in second towards the end of the year he usually had around 20 minutes so that seemed to hold true. This year he only typically has around 10 minutes of homework. It's still the beginning of the year so that homework load could increase throughout the year. But, my son is also doing better about focusing and working well during class work time this year so that could also account for the lower homework load in which case I don't see it increasing. It could also be just a function of having a different teacher that he has less homework this year.

So basically he has about 10 minutes at this point in time. I would not be surprised to see up to 30 minutes of homework a night.
post #23 of 43
We are in the midwest --

DS - 4th grade -- Has about 40 min. of work each night, plus 20 - 30 min. of reading. He is sent home with a homework folder each Fri. that is due the following Fri. so we can work on the homework as it fits into our family schedule. I would imagine that the workload may increase later this year, but he is also coming off of being homeschooled and is puttering around a bit right now when it comes to working on worksheets at home. He could whip out the work faster, but isn't.

DD - 1st grade -- Has about 15 - 20 min. of math and LA work each night, plus 20 min. of reading (either reading to her or reading to self.) She is also sent home with a homework folder on Fri. that is due the following Fri.
post #24 of 43
Reading these posts is scaring me! Some of your kids have A LOT of hw! DD is in a mixed class of grades 3-4-5 and has had 2 assignments so far: one was a show n' tell type thing and the other was to write 3 testable questions for an object on an index card. Last year, the homework was optional and we never did it. I am really glad there is not more hw; the kids do the work in school and there is very little drilling or memorization or worksheets. I rarely had hw as a kid so I would be unhappy if dd had hours of extra work to do. I didn't consider the school's hw policy when choosing the school, but now I would absolutely ask about it if we had to change schools since it seems to vary so widely.
post #25 of 43
Texas

Ds is in first grade. His homework takes about five minutes, plus 15 minutes reading. He is in a competitive charter school (in that the school has many clubs/teams that compete in things like Math League) that THANKFULLY does not have those money, time, and fun sucking "family" art projects that I despised at his regular public school last year.
post #26 of 43
1st Grade (New York)

15 minutes of reading every night, one list of 8-10 spelling words (learn M-Th), and one page of math homework (Saxon)



DS2 is in Kindergarten and they'll be starting homework in November.


The previous year, DS1 had about one page of homework M-Th in Kindergarten (different state). DS2 was supposed to read (well listen to a story) every night in PK.
post #27 of 43
We're in Idaho.

Preschool - nothing. If he misses a day, she'll send home whatever they did and it's up to us if we want to have him do it, but it doesn't have to go back.

3rd grade - not much. They have enough time during class to complete all the assignments. Sometimes he'll bring it home because he wants to and I'll go through it with him. We do go over the week's spelling words before his test and if he's studying for a test, we'll go over that. Rarely, he'll have to bring something in for science (plant seeds, a cutting, etc). There's nothing required though unless he doesn't finish in class. If he misses a day, the stuff gets sent home but he doesn't have to bring it back.

3rd grade is the only year he hasn't had required reading of some sort everyday. But he does that anyways.
post #28 of 43
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Originally Posted by cyncyn View Post
Reading these posts is scaring me! Some of your kids have A LOT of hw! DD is in a mixed class of grades 3-4-5 and has had 2 assignments so far: one was a show n' tell type thing and the other was to write 3 testable questions for an object on an index card. Last year, the homework was optional and we never did it. I am really glad there is not more hw; the kids do the work in school and there is very little drilling or memorization or worksheets. I rarely had hw as a kid so I would be unhappy if dd had hours of extra work to do. I didn't consider the school's hw policy when choosing the school, but now I would absolutely ask about it if we had to change schools since it seems to vary so widely.
I have a friend whose daughter was in the same school as mine, some years ago. They didn't do the weekly projects then. What I like about it is that it encourages the kids to explore things that interest them and then think about how to share the information with classmates and teachers.
post #29 of 43
I have a kindergartener and a 2nd grader in PA. The kinder has homework 2-3days a week. It usually takes 5-10 minutes. The 2nd grader has homework 3-4 days a week. Usually 2-3 sheets that take him 10- 15 minutes and sometimes reading on top of that.
post #30 of 43
I have one in K and one in 1st. We're in Wisconsin

Last year for K, my DS had homework sent home only on Friday - it usually only took him 5 minutes (or less) to complete - unless he had work sent home to finish that he didn't get done in clas.

This year in K, (different teacher) we've yet to see any homework come home for DD- just lots of encouragement to read to her often. DD makes up her own "homework" though and is often practicing whatever she is working on at school at home.

Now in 1st, we have a monthly homework calendar that has an "assignment" every night - some are actual assignments (write teacher a note using this weeks spelling words) and others not so much (call grandma/grandpa and tell them what an awesome 1st grader you are). The longest he's spent on any of these assignments is about 15 minutes. The monthly homework is turned in at the end of the month, so if you don't get to it on it's assigned date, no big deal. In addition to the homework calendar, he has nightly reading - 2 small books that take less than 10 minutes each for him to read.
post #31 of 43
My DS is in 3rd grade(Ohio)
We get homework on Fridays and it is due back the following Friday. There are a couple pages of math to do. He is also 'supposed' to read every day at home for 20 minutes. This can include me reading to him as well. Just this past week he had to do a worksheet on synonems(oops cant spell that one!)and acronyms. He aso had a list of 20 states that he had to put in alphabetical order. This whole sheet took about 40 minutes. We occasionally get a "project" to do over a couple weeks that ties into the current theme or lesson unit the class is working on. So far this has been manageable despite soccer practice 3x/week and breaking homework down into chunks to minimize his adhd symptoms.
post #32 of 43
I have 2 kids in 2 different local public schools, one is in kindergarten and one is in first. The teachers/schools vary even locally. My son was in kindy last year and had homework every night, even fridays. He normally had 2 writing/spelling worksheets and 2 math each night, and a short book to read, and a spelling test each friday. My dd is in kindy this year at the other school and has not had any homework yet this year other then a reading log.

This year, my son is in first grade, and is happy to not have homework on fridays. M-th he has one spelling work sheet, one math, friday spelling tests study, and a book to read. It doesn't take very long, and is actually easier then what he had for homework last year in kindergarten. I imagine they will recieve more homework as the year goes on.
post #33 of 43
Last year my son had what seemed like tons of homework that sometimes took hours. This year, unless it's a project, he has only had 10 minutes worth. He usually finishes it on the bus. I figured that less homework was getting assigned from a new teacher this year.

Well I went to a parent night last night and in talking to other parents of kids in the same class as my son and they were complaining of a homework load similar to what I experienced last year. I did notice that it seemed to be parents of kids new to the school (3rd grade at a gifted school). We quickly figured out that the new kids were having trouble while the veterans weren't.

It turns out it's not the different teacher. My son has actually learned better time management skills in the classroom so he doesn't have much homework. Wow.
post #34 of 43
My second grader had to alphabetize 15 spelling words, which took her about 30 minutes last night and she only got through 10 of them. Also about 60 short addition/subtraction problems that took her another 30 minutes and I had to coax her to finish it. In my mind 1-hour is WAY to much. I expect about 20 minutes (10 minutes/grade). This is on top of the 20 minutes of expected reading which we do - we read to her.
post #35 of 43
We're in California

DS is in 5th grade
His teacher says to expect the occasional unfinished classwork and that research projects will be done half at school and half at home.

DD is a Freshman
She has about an hour of homework a night.
post #36 of 43
We're in northern California. I have an 11 y.o. sixth grader. I don't know how to quantify his homework. I could say it takes 2 hours every night but that's because he has a very hard time staying focused.

Spelling, grammar and math, probably about an hour's worth, total.

Plus 30 minutes of reading which he'd do anyway.
post #37 of 43
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Originally Posted by amma_mama View Post
DD is in first grade in Virginia. She gets a homework packet on Fridays that is due the following Friday. Right now it takes her 5-10 minutes per page (one per night but you can spread them out however you like). She is also expected to read for 20 minutes each night which she does anyway, if not more (and me begging her to stop as it is sleepy time). She really likes doing worksheets and stuff (she is begging for a new math workbook for her birthday next week), though, so I just go with the flow - it is mostly reinforcing the lessons that week.
I thought the above was OK (1 worksheet per night plus reading) until I got her packet last Friday and it included a 21-word study list, with a list of different activities to choose from (some of them are games, so they do try to make it fun). They get tested on both spelling and categorization (e.g. long vs short vowel sounds)...so we went from what I thought was a reasonable amount of homework to a whole lot. It just seems like an awful lot for a first grader, especially after a full day at school... Right now it is a breeze for DD to get through, and she actually enjoys it, but I worry that it will get harder and much more time-consuming at some point.
post #38 of 43
We're in Quebec.

My dd is in first grade and has homework M-Th nights. It's always one sheet of French homework (she's at a French school) that sometimes takes less than 5 mins, usually 10-15 and occasionally up to an hour (usually a combo of her not focusing and it being boring repetitive writing of the same word or syllable over and over again... lame!). Then every couple of weeks or so she has some math homework to catch up on that she didn't get finished in class (the girl is definitely a bit of a dreamer!).
post #39 of 43
We're in WA State

3rd grader: averages about 30-40 minutes a night with a low of 0 and a high of 90 (~2 times in the first month he had over an hour of homework). Tonight he had a couple math problems, some grammar worksheets he hadn't finished in class and novel study: read one chapter of Mrs. Frisby & The Rats of Nymh and answer three question. He should be reading in addition to this. Projects and book reports will be added in the future.

7th grader (jr high here): generally 60-90 minutes with a low of 0 and a high of 2.5 hours. She generally has math homework, some reading for science, a few social studies questions... She is also supposed to be reading and reporting on on "AP" book each four weeks and she should be practicing her violin for orchestra. Plus cooking homework
post #40 of 43
We're in New England.
dd is in 2nd grade and gets one worksheet per night, M-Thurs. It takes her about 5 min. So far they have been math sheets or an open-ended question about her nightly reading. (i.e. Who is the main character and how do you know?) She's also expected to log reading each day.

At the open house this year, the packet from the 2nd grade teachers stated that since students would have more formal work time during the day, compared with 1st grade, homework assignments would be kept short.

ds is in pre-K and loves when he gets an optional "homework" page to bring home on the weekend. He insists on doing it the minute we get home.
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