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Homework In Early Childhood? Is It Too Much?

Homework in early childhood? When is it too much? Study says Kids are getting way to much homework. CNN reports…

In some cases, this homework “overage” amounts to 3x the recommended limit. Too much homework increases stress, cuts into family life, and can even cause health and behavioral problems. It is not just the older kids that are suffering. The study showed that even first graders are well over the recommended limit spending 28 minutes a night while the standard is 10 minutes.

That’s nearly 3 times the homework recommended by National Education Association.

Even kindergartens are not immune receiving 25 minutes a night worth of homework.

Homework In Early Childhood?

According to Great Schools, work brought home for Kindergartens should be, well…none.

The fact is that a lot of kindergarten teachers assign homework. When New York Times Magazine writer Peggy Orenstein took an informal survey of her local schools, she found that every one boasted daily homework requirements for kindergartners. But studies have shown homework has few benefits for young kids and could even have negative effects.

For First Grade?

0-10 minutes. Again, the jury’s still out on whether homework helps at this young of an age. If it does, it’s in the hard-to-measure areas of study skills and time management. Reviewing the current homework debate, Slatesenior editor Emily Bazelon has made the case that no elementary school student should be required to do homework. So spend time playing, talking, and interacting as a family. With some brainstorming, everyday activities like eating or shopping can be turned into opportunities for learning.

According to The New York Times, parents all over are feeling the effects of getting rambunctious preschoolers to do nightly homework…

Most preschoolers may not be lugging backpacks of books yet, but when I reached out to friends and friends of friends via a Facebook post of my own, I found a diverse group of parents all over the country completing — or attempting to complete — nightly homework with their wiggling preschoolers, ostensibly to “prepare” them for kindergarten homework. ~Holly Korbey, TheNewYorkTimes

And, the Proactive Parenting Approach makes a great point about the “myth” of early homework being important,

Myth number 1: Homework is important as early as possible so that children develop good study skills.
Wrong: This is like saying that children should walk as soon as they are born so they will have good walking skills when they are older. There is no evidence to support this claim.

What do YOU think? Share your opinion in the comments…


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Lori Hil is a freelance blogger and content curator with an AAS in Early Childhood Education. She now gets to combine her love of writing and teaching through the written word. You can find her all around the web, but especially enjoying the freelance life at
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