I recently stumbled upon the blog of a fourth grade teacher, Angela Bunyi, who keeps homework to a minimum. She writes to the parents, “I keep homework very light so that you can honestly keep reading and writing as part of your steady diet at home. This will help me more than any worksheet I may send home to you at night. Thank you for your support! If you want more resources for at home help, please email me!”
Mrs. Bunyi also has a blog on scholastic.com, where she posted an interesting piece on homework. She quotes from reading research that shows that students in the 90th percentile read, on average, 2,357,000 words per year. Students in the 10th percentile read, on average, 51,000 words a year.