DS is in 2nd grade. He is bringing home a homework folder every week. I don't have a problem with this. I see bringing home work not completed in class as an effective way to teach time management.
HOWEVER. He has a reading log where they are asked to read 20 minutes 5 days a week, very specifically. My son got a note saying he could do better and no pizza certificate--granted, that was deserved, but it was also made clear that reading say 3-4 days sometimes for longer times would most likely not be accepted.
From things that I have read, that requirement alone takes care of the homework 'suggested level' of 10 minutes per grade level, for 5 days out of the week!
Then there's the homework folder. It typically contains 3-4 short worksheets dealing with math and various reading and writing work. This is the assigned homework. It comes home Monday night and is due Friday morning.
Then on top of that, he brings home a vocabulary worksheet that for some reason is not being completed in class. This sheet is partially completed when it comes home. He has to define the words--which I don't own a dictionary and currently have a non-functioning computer to do! (I am at the library as I type. I *could* bring him here, however, I am objecting to the assumption that we have the tools to complete this assignment at home.) He also needs to write a sentence and draw a picture. There are 6 words. This week, he has one of those not fully done in class that has a lot left to do AND one from last week where he used variations of the words in the sentences and has been asked to fix that. (an example would be the word is "drift" and he wrote the sentence using "drifts."
I don't object to the return of that assignment as I pointed out that usage to him, asked him if he thought that would be OK with his teacher, and offered help to change the sentence to use the exact word. I was turned down and he said he figured it was fine. Great life lesson there!
One thing I have done to help him is I told him that his two nights "off" from reading log during the week are the times I expect him to do homework, Monday and Tuesday nights--so that he does not have to read and do homework on the same night. Also that I expect him to spend part of Wed. when school gets out 2 hours earlier doing any homework that is not done and that I expect him to read that day.
My problem with the homework is that I feel it is too much for his age, and he is starting to regularly say that he hates school and feels like his entire life is about school and homework--not EXACTLY those words, but very close, and that is the gist of what he's saying. That bothers me. I am aware of the option to homeschool, it's easy legally where I live, however, it's not the best choice for our family at this time. Please keep ideas limited to how you would address this with the teacher or principal. I also cannot ask the teacher to change the current policy of not having the homework folder over the weekend because she is on maternity leave. Anything I do now needs to involve working with his substitute teacher and the principal of his school. In a few weeks, his teacher returns and other options open to us. :) TIA!