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“Helping Your Child Learn”

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Parent tips from the Utah Education Association

Parent-Teacher Partnerships – Managing Homework
By Beverlee A. Simpson, M.Ed., National Board Certified Teacher, language arts teacher at East High School, Salt Lake City

How much homework should your child be expected to do? Experts agree that the amount of homework should depend on the age and skills of the student. Children in kindergarten through second grade should have between 10 and 20 minutes of homework per day. Third- through sixth-grade students benefit from 30 to 60 minutes of homework each day, while middle and high school students can benefit from additional homework time.

Reading at home is especially important for young children. High-interest reading assignments might push the time on homework a bit beyond the times suggested.

Support your child’s homework time by providing a quiet place to study and the supplies your student will need to complete his or her work.

Maintain a positive attitude about the benefits of homework. Teachers have multiple reasons for assigning homework. The most common purpose is to give your child the opportunity to practice skills and reinforce learning. Sometimes your child will have preparation homework intended to introduce material that will be presented in future lessons. Extension homework asks students to apply skills they already have to new situations. And integration homework requires the student to apply many different skills to a single task, such as book reports, science projects or creative writing.

Homework fosters positive character traits such as independence, responsibility, and time management—help your child look at homework as an opportunity to become more competent and better prepared to take on more challenges.