Homework how much should my child be doing at night?

Homework usually falls into one of three categories: practice, preparation, or extension. The purpose usually varies by grade. Individualized assignments that tap into students’ existing skills or interests can be motivating. At the elementary school level, homework can help students develop study skills and habits and can keep families informed about their child’s learning. At the secondary school level, student homework is associated with greater academic achievement. (Review of Educational Research, 2006)

How Much Homework Per Day is Optimal? What the Research Says…
Grade Source 1
(Barkley, 2008)
Source 2
(Cooper, Robinson, & Patall, 2006)
Source 3
(Olympia & Andrews,1994)
1 10 Minutes 10-45 Minutes
2 20 Minutes 10-45 Minutes
3 30 Minutes  — 10-45 Minutes
4 40 Minutes  — 45-90 Minutes
5 50 Minutes 45-90 Minutes
6 1 Hour 45-90 Minutes
7 1 Hour 10 Minutes 1-2 Hours 1-2 Hours
8 1 Hour 20 Minutes 1-2 Hours 1-2 Hours
9 1 Hour 30 Minutes 1.5-2.5 Hours 1-2 Hours
10 1 Hour 40 Minutes 1.5-2.5 Hours 1.5-2.5 Hours
11 1 Hour 50 Minutes 1.5-2.5 Hours 1.5-2.5 Hours
12  2 Hours  1.5-2.5 Hours 1.5-2.5 Hours

Chart: Source

I am a big proponent of reading everyday.

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Parents: Helping Your Child with Homework

Educators: Got Homework? An ACSA Policy Position Paper on Homework

Helping out with your child’s homework

Homework can be a daunting task for both kids and parents. It sounds pretty straight forward but ends up looking like the graphic below.

Tips:

  1. Stay connected to your child’s teacher(s).
  2. Keep a regular homework time. Ensure the work space is conducive to study.
  3. Do a similar task (read, balance checkbook) in close proximity to your student to be available for questions and encouragement.
  4. Stay positive!

Worksheet: Work out study environment issues.

Contract: Homework Planning Sheet 

Resources:

Homework: A Guide for Parents

Here are two Free learning resources.

Learn Zillion offers a free and growing set of Math and English Language videos and practice problems for grades 2-12 that have been developed by expert teachers directly from the Common Core State Standards.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy empowers coaches of all kinds to better understand what their children or students are up to and how best to help them.