I am at least I thought, a minority up until this point, I find homework a great benefit to my children. But like others, I draw the line at some point. Our school district goes by the 10 mins per grade amount per night. As a rule across the board, the 3rd grade teachers do not assign weekend homework. But my dd does have a reading log, spelling words, and about 10-20 mins of math to do nightly.
Spelling- if she brings home 100% on the pretest, we just have her take the test on Friday, she is set. Otherwise we might have her write them out or spell them for us. 99 out of 100 times, she is fine and does the test. Once in a while, she may struggle with a word and we might have her write it in a sentence or write the word a few times.
reading, she is a book worm, she writes out on her log what she reads, takes 30 seconds, she brings it back. not worth starting a whole thread about IMHO.
math. If she didnt do the extra practice everyday like her mom before her, she would struggle. If I didnt do at least 10 -20 problems growing up, I would have flunked it. Practice helped me become better at math. She only does about 10 at the max, but again it helps her prepare to move on to the next lesson. Just like she has to practice her softball, she has to practice math.
Science and Social studies. She loves these subjects and we do family activities around this for enrichment. Those usually require a bit a reading that she enjoys so again not an issue. Also social studies usually requires a report or project of some sort, like this year studying Chicago, building a building and writing a report on it. When I heard it was a 5 paragraph report, I almost fell over. That is until I watched her do the report. I have helped her a bit here and there but again, its nice to see her progress and since I am not at school all day, nor is DH we appreciate the time to see her and help her with her homework.
I also agree that it is setting up skills to be prepared and know how to study down the road. Yes, it did take a few Mommy organizational skills to get the ball rolling and sometimes still does. But alas, its part of my mommy job. Homework for our family is about 20 mins daily and then about 30 mins average reading. I have heard from a few families their 3rd grader could be doing like my daughter, about 20 mins, maybe just maybe 1 hr here and there. But some families it is taking their 3rd grader a few hours to get it completed for whatever reason.
I do see why some Public schools have to have something for families to show them how to be involved, etc because otherwise they do not have any other way of knowing sadly. So yes, I am in full support of having some work at home to do daily or at least 4 times weekly. Yes it keeps us up to date on what she is studying, yes it could be busy work and I am sure there are plenty of studies to show how you can be gifted, stupid or whatever because of no homework or tons and tons of it. I might add, DH had to study at least 4-6 hours DAILY while finishing college for his chosen studies. If he didnt have the groundwork laid out for him in his early years, that would have never happened and he would not be in his field which he loves and now teachers other professionals like himself. He also has his own "homework" at night for work. At least an hour every night. IF he opted out, he would then have to opt out of a job.Get it?