How much should you help with homework in third grade?

Author's Note

Third grade is an academically challenging year, and my research revealed a trend toward even greater challenges of late. Perhaps in response to high-pressure government standards, some elementary schools have been assigning a lot more homework (and some are assigning none at all -- but that's less common). There have been reports of young students coming home with hours of work to do, and while I only touched on this briefly in this article, it's worth looking into further if your child's homework level seems extreme, as many education experts recommend against the trend.

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  • Gisler, Peggy and Marge Eberts. "Homework and the Third-Grader." Family Education. (June 26, 2012)
  • Herrell, R. Kim. "Ask an Expert: How much should I help my daughter with homework?" EdNews Parent. Jan. 11, 2011. (June 26, 2012)
  • How much homework is too much? Great Schools. (June 26, 2012)