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.
- Gisler, Peggy and Marge Eberts. "Homework and the Third-Grader." Family Education. (June 26, 2012) http://school.familyeducation.com/third-grade/homework/41157.html
- Herrell, R. Kim. "Ask an Expert: How much should I help my daughter with homework?" EdNews Parent. Jan. 11, 2011. (June 26, 2012) http://www.ednewsparent.org/teaching-learning/2766-ask-an-expert-how-much-should-i-help-my-daughter-with-homework
- How much homework is too much? Great Schools. (June 26, 2012) http://www.greatschools.org/students/homework-help/slideshows/1941-grade-by-grade-homework-guidelines.gs