Homework is a common topic addressed at parent-teacher conferences. Some parents want less homework sent home. Some parents want more homework. Homework can come in different forms (e.g., worksheets, activities). However, all teachers assign daily reading. Some grade levels may place a suggested time limit, but all agree that daily reading is the most important form of homework.
Researcher Richard Allington has written extensively on the topic of reading achievement for the past 30 years. He argues for greater time spent in voluntary reading, inside and outside of school. Reading fluency and the exposure to a variety of texts is the most significant path to improved comprehension (Allington, 2014). One simple analogy – You are not going to become a better runner without increasing your time spent running. Here is a graphic that illustrates the differences between students with daily reading habits.
The most valuable form of homework is engaging your child in nightly reading and holding frequent conversations about what they are reading. We have a finite amount of time to work with at school. While we build in some independent reading time each day/week, it is not enough. Parents are in a unique position to ensure the daily reading habits of their children. Model daily reading and hold your children accountable by expressing interest in what they are reading.
Allington, R. L. (2014). How Reading Volume Affects Both Reading Fluency and Reading Achievement. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 7(1), 13-26.