Research suggests that one of the most significant factors influencing success in a given subject is “time on task”. Teachers encourage students to stay “on task” to allow for optimal learning during the school day.
Homework has been traditionally used to practice skills and to increase time on task. Homework also helps students develop a sense of responsibility.
Parents are encouraged to provide surroundings conducive to study and to encourage students to complete assignments on time. Parents are asked to consult the teacher when the child comes home regularly without any homework or with too much homework, or complains frequently about assignments. Home and school together can usually find a means to resolve these issues.
The amount of homework a child may have on any given day will vary depending upon the nature of the subject, the amount of work the child completed in school that day, and the speed at which the child completes his/her work at home.
Generally speaking parents can expect students to complete homework within the recommended time allotments:
- Kindergarten: 10-15 minutes
- Grades 1-2: 20-30 minutes
- Grade 3: 30-40 minutes
- Grade 4: 40-50 minutes
- Grade 5: 50-60 minutes
- Grades 6-8: 60-90 minutes
Homework is generally not assigned over the weekends, except in the case of long range projects or make-up work after absence. Since modified block scheduling is used in Middle School, parents and students adjust time devoted to study of a particular subject based upon the alternating schedule of classes.