My dd has just started 4th grade in a 4th/5th grade split class at a Spanish-immersion charter school. She's getting more than an hour of homework each night, which seems like a TON and is a huge change from last year.
We've really been working with her to help her finish, but that generally means that we spend all evening doing homework- she doesn't get picked up until 5, then getting home at 5:30, dinner and such, homework plus 20 minutes independent reading every night- 8:30 bed.
They do have a "homework club" in the afterschool program, but that hasn't been hugely successful so far. I've spoken with the director of the program and the school director and they're working on it.
Other parents have said that their kids just aren't getting the homework done, but I think that's a poor model to set up for the kids. The teachers feel that this is a reasonable amount of homework and say that the kids going on to 6th grade will be expected to do this much or more next year.
So- is this normal across the board? Does homework really help with learning? How much homework should an 8-year-old have?
Jen, L&D RN, CBE, CLEC who loves to ! I adore my DP, DD 10/98, & sweet new 5/10!!!