Homework is Not Just Busy Work
Homework assists students in achieving academic success. Research studies have shown a correlation between the amount of time devoted to learning and the achievement in a subject. Which makes me think of the proverbial saying, things worth having don’t come easy. Educating oneself certainly qualifies as worth having and requires work (at least for me it does).
Homework Serves A Purpose
Honestly, in the past I viewed homework as busy work for my children. They are both in elementary school and after a long day of learning I thought riding bikes or going to the park should be a priority after school. My six year old daughter attends full day kindergarten with a vigorous curriculum; my son’s second grade curriculum is no different. However, after reading our school’s homework policy and the purpose of homework, I am now a proponent of homework.
Homework serves the following purposes:
- Reinforces concepts learned in the classroom,
- Promotes independent work,
- Bolsters concept and skill development,
- Provides opportunities for enrichment, and
- Develops initiative, responsibility, and self-confidence.
My little disclaimer is that while I support homework, I still whole heartedly believe children should get plenty of exercise and play after school. However, instead of watching a cartoon while I am getting dinner ready, they should spend 10-30 minutes a day reinforcing concepts learned in school.
The time allotted to homework should increase gradually from grade to grade. Our school provided the following homework guidelines:
- Kindergarten through Second Grade – 10 to 30 minutes
- Third through Forth Grade – 30 to 45 minutes
- Fifth Grade and up – up to 60 minutes
The above guidelines pertain to homework. Our school also recommends a student spending an additional 15-20 minutes of reading per night. One final note, our school encourages us to be supportive coaches. Your child should do their homework and you provide assistance when needed.