While all students are different, SPARK teachers generally agree on the following guidelines for how much time should be spent on homework. If you feel your child is taking too long, talk to their teacher.
- K – 10 minutes maximum, per night
- 1 – 20 minutes
- 2 – 30 minutes
- 3 – 40 minutes
- 4 – 50 minutes
- 5 – 60 minutes
All students should read 15-30 minutes each night, in addition to homework.
Make it a part of your daily routine.
- As a family, look at your daily schedules and decide on an appropriate time for homework each day.
- Try to do as early in the afternoon/evening as possible. Don’t wait until bed time.
- Give your child a few minutes of downtime to relax once they get home from school. Eat a snack, exercise, or rest.
- If your child participates in many after school activities, take the homework with you to complete during downtimes at practices or while traveling to practice.
- Have a specific location your child to complete their homework. The area should be free of distractions.
- Provide your child with all of the materials they need to complete their homework.
- Once the homework has been completed and you reviewed it with your child, have your child put it in their folder/binder/bookbag.
- If your child is struggling with homework (not understanding the material, taking too long, etc.), communicate with your child’s teacher.
- Communicate the importance of doing homework with your child.
- Review the expectations of the project with your child.
- Get the materials in advance.
- Develop a timeline with your child to ensure the work can be done in small chunks. Look at the calendar to see upcoming activities that may interfere with the timeline. Do not procrastinate.
- Remember to let your child do all of the work. You should provide guidance and support. Teachers love to see the kid’s work!
- Provide support for your child. Help with directions, ask them questions about what they are learning, and support them, as needed.
- Be open to learning new strategies with your child. If your child is learning how to do something a different way than you are used to, learn with them. The Internet can be your best friend. Some helpful websites that provide tutorials are learnzillion.com and khanacademy.com.
- If your child is having difficulty focusing during homework time, break the homework into chunks. Example: Child works for 10 minutes. Then he/she takes a 5 minute break. Finish the remainder of the homework.
- Be creative and make it fun! Pull out some shaving cream to practice spelling words or math facts. Use your afternoon snack to help solve math problems. You can have fun while learning!
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