According to the guidelines set out by the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, these are the time allocations for homework at home.
Level Maximum Time Allocation
Kindergarten – 5 to 10 minutes
Grade 1 – 5 to 10 minutes
Grade 2 – 10 to 20 minutes
Grade 3 – 15 to 30 minutes
Grade 4 – 20 to 40 minutes
Grade 5 – 25 to 50 minutes
Grade 6 – 30 to 60 minutes
Grade 7 – 35 to 70 minutes
Grade 8 – 40 to 80 minutes
Grade 9 – 45 to 90 minutes
Level I-III: 10 to 20 hours per week
*In Senior High, it is essential to
recognize that the time commitment
will be determined by the course or program selection of each
individual student. Some courses may have more of an in-class focus
for their learning while others require more out of class work.
Children with Dyslexia take 3 – 4 times longer to complete homework than their peers. The guidelines set out by the school district seem daunting when you look at the allocations.
The goal of homework is to practice concepts that have been learned in the classroom. For Dyslexics, it is not necessary to have them do 10 examples, if 5 will suffice.
1 – Shorter homework assignments should be given to these students. Also, if a classroom assignment cannot be finished in class time, then it should be modified so as to allow the student to complete the work as his/her classmates can.
2 – Teacher should provide a means for parents to check what needs to be done for homework. This can come in several forms:
our teacher write the week’s worth of homework on a sheet of paper that is placed in a binder. WE then have the entire week to work on the assignments and we, as parents, can work our schedule accordingly around our other activities to ensure the work is completed.
most teachers these days have a homework page or a website where they post work covered each day and homework or upcoming assignments to keep the parents in the loop on their child’s progress.
Assign homework partners so that parents can contact each other to confirm and collaborate with their children’s responsibilities.
Parents can also buy or request extra books to have at home (the second option is usually not possible. Most schools struggle to have enough books in the school for their students, let alone have extras to lend to parents)