My Grade Three daughter is overwhelming all of us (including her teacher) with her homework. A list of things is sent home at the beginning of the week and the children are expected to do 20 to 30 minutes of homework each evening. They are supposed to choose which things they need to do to improve their performance in particular areas. For example, if the child already knows his multiplication tables, he isn't expected to review them, but if he is having trouble with spelling, he should spend quite a bit of time working on that.
Trouble is, my daughter insists on doing it all... multiplication tables, spelling lists, reading, pages and pages of calligraphy, and fussy intricate drawings that take hours and hours to complete. She spent two hours yesterday colouring blue sky on a piece of bristol board with a pencil crayon.
I really want my child to do things that she thinks are a good idea, not just things to show her teacher. The teacher feels the same way and has suggested that I set a timer and tell her that she may only do homework for 30 minutes and after that, everything goes back into her knapsack. Then, if she still wants to do an art project or some writing, she can do something that she is interested in, instead of something that is assigned.
Any other suggestions?