One hour is too much! I have been an elementary public school teacher for 15 years and in my experience, I have never seen kindergarteners with that much homework. When my kids were in kindergarten (which was only 4 years ago), they had one simple math worksheet and reading. I was required to sign a reading log as evidence of their reading. Near the end of the year, they had to write one summary of a book EACH WEEK. The summary was really just two or three sentences and a picture. In kindergarten, the focus is on teaching students TO read, not so much understanding what they read. It’s odd that your child has daily vocabulary homework. However, if your child is attending a private school and most students enter kindergarten already knowing how to read, their curriculum may be different than public schools.
Kindergarten is a huge step for a child, especially when it’s full-time (as it was for my children). They are exhausted after school, and some 5-6 year-olds may still need a short nap when they get home. Personally, I think an hour of homework is far too much for them.
Here is what I recommend:
1. Contact the school district (specifically, the director of elementary education) and ask them what the district’s recommended homework time is for kindergarten.
2. Ask other parents how long it takes their children to complete their homework. It’s possible many students finish in less than an hour. I have two daughters in 4th grade, and one completes her homework in 15 minutes, and the other one takes over an hour.
3. Meet with your child’s teacher and discuss your concerns. If the teacher won’t make any changes, request that she modify the homework for your child only. I have done this on many occasions for various reasons.
4. If the teacher won’t assist you, then you need to speak with the principal about your concerns.
I hope this helps!