How Much Homework is Too Much?

Homework is a great tool for reinforcing material learned at school. It can also help children develop study habits and time management skills. But how much homework is too much? Here’s a look at what to watch for.

The Homework Standard

The “10-minute rule”, endorsed by both the National PTA and the National Education Association, suggests that a maximum of 10 minutes of homework per grade level per night is appropriate. So, a first-grader would have 10 minutes, a second-grader 20 minutes, and so on, up to a maximum of about two hours for high school seniors. 

Signs of Excessive Homework

If homework consistently leads to stress, anxiety, or fatigue, it may be excessive. Children who feel overwhelmed or spend an inordinate amount of time on homework can experience burnout and disinterest in learning. Another sign to watch for is whether your children have free time. Homework that eats into all free time, affecting a child’s ability to engage in hobbies, sports, family activities, or sufficient rest, is likely too much.

Balancing Homework With Overall Well-being

Parents should maintain open communication with teachers about homework expectations and the child’s experience. Understanding the purpose behind assignments can provide insight into their necessity and scope.