I have been struggling with how much homework to give scholars. We do 4 (2ELA and 2 Math) pages a night for homework + 20 minutes of reading. We also differentiate the homework by low, medium-low, medium-high, and high.
What do other schools assign?
All of the research that I have done shows that homework in elementary school is used to get students in the habit of studying and to share what they are learning with parents. Their ability level is not affected by how much or what type of homework they complete (significantly.
That sounds like a lot. We send home an ELA workbook to complete at their own pace and ELA/math suggestions. We also ask that our parents read to their children every night (no reading logs). More than 10 minutes is too much, IMO.
I always tell parents that if their child is interested in homework, let them do as much as they want. If they are stressed and unhappy, just read a few books together. I give several examples of how to engage their children during a read aloud.
I don’t want kinders who dislike school. They have such a busy, learning filled day… skipping HW isn’t a big deal to me.
I send 1 book per night & a weekly packet that has 4-5 pages to be completed over the week, turned in by Friday.
K homework is quick, easy, review, no more than 5-10 minutes per night. It’s main purpose is to create a good study habit. It also helps involve families.
I felt like I met the needs of those who were struggling and those who wanted more.