This is an issue that effects both SAH and WOH.
That's hard for me to answer because I don't have children in school yet, but
1. How much is too much?
When it is being used to teach the children the material rather than as a refresher of what was learned, and if it takes more than 2 hours to complete all their homework, that's too much. They've been in school for 7 hours; they shouldn't need to spend several more afterwards. Otherwise why the heck are they in school all that time?
2. When is it useful?
When it's used as a refresher or as a way to more solidly integrate some of the concepts learned in class.
3. Should it be given a grade or just marked as complete?
It should be given a grade. I've seen what happens when you just mark it complete - people just write anything and don't actually think about the material. I mean, if it was a lovely day outside and my worksheet isn't going to be graded, then my thought process goes:#1 - yes#2 - California#3 - apples#4 - the Magna Carta PLAY TIME!
Woops! You're right. I guess my mind was thinking more of middle school than elementary school. I think 30 minutes is more than enough for a 1st grader, and although a 5th grader could handle more, I still think that they shouldn't have more than an hour of homework (on a heavy day, like working on a science project).
It's been soooooo long since elementary school, LOL! After 22 years *in school*, I can't remember a time that I had less than an hour of homework. :-p
Well, you know my answers already...but I will post them again for you, lol.
I agree with Pumpkin.
My kids have homework starting in first grade but so far, it hasn't been graded.
My daughters are in 2nd grade and this is their homework:
They will get a science worksheet that is usually very easy.
They have to read for 15 min and write a little reflection about what they read. - This one is easy for my girls because they love to read and will do it for over 1 hour a day.
They have a math packet given on monday and to turn in on Fri. 1-2 math worksheets a day - only takes
I think a little homework in elementary school is fine, but that it should mostly be reading and math practice.
Daniel gets an insane amount of homework for a kindergartener.
About an hour-hour and a half a week for written assignments in a packet that is sent home in the beginning of the week and a book and worksheet to do over the weekend.