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 one of the back-to-school articles, it's worth looking into further if your child's homework level seems extreme, as many education experts recommend against the trend.
- Internet Safety 101. Enough is Enough. (July 5, 2012) http://www.internetsafety101.org/
- Internet Safety Tips for Elementary School Kids. Common Sense Media. (July 5, 2012) http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/internet-safety-tips-elementary-school-kids
- Internet Safety Tips for Parents: Elementary School. Education.com. (July 5, 2012) http://www.education.com/reference/article/elementary-school-internet-safety-tips/