My middle child is in third grade, and we’re all struggling. There seems to be a major turn in responsibility level expected as well as a shift in curriculum delivery at our school at this grade level. The amount of reading required has jumped substantially and much more online learning / testing is now standard practice. It’s been really hard on my child and on us.
The transition seems to be easier for some students, but our child isn’t a quick reader, so the comprehension struggle as well as the time it takes to just read through the assignments has been a major challenge for her. We are also struggling with the workload expectations for homework and for studying for tests and quizzes. It’s just a lot to deal with on top of normal evening activities like extracurriculars, dinner time, bath time, and managing several children.
While trying to stay calm and take things day by day, I’ve also reached out for support from other parents and for guidance from the teachers. Several parents have reminded me that, short of failing, grades in elementary school aren’t incredibly important. It’s more about the process and achieving new study skills and computer skills to make it through the next grades. Many days, the assignments (and time required for them) seems overwhelming and not doable. So we just tackle what we can and limit our homework / study time to one to two hours. Any more than that seems excessive and not helpful to our tired child anyway. Plus, we’re too tired as parents to do much more than that.