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On average how much time does your child spend on homework each night?

post #1 of 24
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Ds is in 4th grade and spends anywhere from 45 min to 2 hours on homework.


Dh is frustrated when the homework takes that long because he has been up since 5am and I am at work during this time. He also thinks the teacher is not doing her job/policing the kids to get their work done in class and then it gets sent home.

I think part of it is that ds doesn't stay focused and that he has a harder time coming up with ideas when the homework involves writing assignments.

Any strategies on how to keep them focused and complete things more efficiently?
post #2 of 24
That seems like what I did at that age. 1-2 hours/night.
post #3 of 24
I have no idea how much time M'ija spent on her homewrork at that age. Her homework was not my problem, and I didn't have anything to do with it unless she asked for help.
post #4 of 24
For written homework, it's usually no more than 45 minutes and then he is supposed to read for 30 minutes. If he has a test to study for, then obviously that will take longer depending on the amount of material he has to cover.
post #5 of 24
They say it should be about 30 minutes per grade so that sounds about right. My 4th grader gets quite a bit of time in school to get her work done. They can do it during indoor recess if they choose as well.

Does he sit by his best friend and that distracts him?
post #6 of 24
Ds is in 1st grade.He has about 30 - 45 min a day.Writing spelling words twice,reviewing spelling words,and reading.If I remember correct I had about 1 hour a day.
post #7 of 24
The kids and I were just talking about this the other day...how they had so much more homework in 4th and 5th grade than they do now in 7th and 10th grade. It's weird...but true! In those grades, there is no study hall, which they both have now, every day. So my 7th grader often has no homework at all, because he did it in study hall. My high schooler sometimes has a little bit to finish up - usually under an hour.

So it sounds like the amt isn't really THAT unusual but I can appreciate that it's a pain at night. I wouldn't blame the teacher though...that's just me.

My kids have always been pretty good about staying on task for homework. So I really don't have any good ideas about how to help him stay on task. Maybe go over his planner with him and talk with him about what he has to do on a given evening...let him write it out on a dry erase board or piece of paper and check off each thing he does. My kids used to like to do that, even after checking it off in their planner, they liked to erase it from the dry erase board for some reason too.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by Oregano View Post

The kids and I were just talking about this the other day...how they had so much more homework in 4th and 5th grade than they do now in 7th and 10th grade. It's weird...but true! In those grades, there is no study hall, which they both have now, every day. So my 7th grader often has no homework at all, because he did it in study hall. My high schooler sometimes has a little bit to finish up - usually under an hour.

I generally spent several hours a day on homework in 5th and 6th grade (6th grade was still elementary school then), but I was doing the same work as the rest of the class during school, and being given advanced work to take home.
We didn't have study hall in junior high (7th and 8th grade) or high school. We had 7 regular classes and then we went home. I usually spent about an hour each on homework for math, history, science, French, and English.
post #9 of 24
I guess it just depends on the school and an individual schedule but I had study halls in Jr High (aka middle school = 7 and 8th grade) as well as High School. So I often had little to no homework either. I usually reviewed all my subjects, every night (I was a total bookworm/study geek) and studied for any future tests/quizzes.
post #10 of 24
My first grader doesnt have any homework, my 9th grader has about 2-3 hours a night if not more-
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