While frequent opportunities for completing assignments are available during the school day, the curriculum at Venice Lutheran School has always required that some home study is necessary. A reasonable amount of homework is expected of all children. Parents can help by providing encouragement, appropriate assistance, an enriched home environment, and a quiet place to study. If assignments are consistently burdensome, parents should make an appointment with the teacher to discuss the problem.
It is difficult to adopt a standard rule for the amount of time to be spent on schoolwork at home. The amount of schoolwork that students bring home depends to a great part on their ability, study habits, and grade level. Generally speaking, an average student with satisfactory study habits should expect the following amount of concentrated homework:
• Kindergarten through 2nd Grade: 15 to 30 minutes
• 3rd through 5th Grades: 30 to 45 minutes
• 6th through 8th Grades: 45 to 60 minutes
If students are consistently spending excessive time on assignments at home, it is time for an examination of study habits, use of study time in school, etc. A parent-teacher discussion may be in order. Conversely, when children consistently have less than the above amount of homework to do, it may also be time to ask some questions. It is helpful for teachers, parents, and students to evaluate the academic expectations of a classroom. Teachers ultimately are responsible for setting standards.