This infuriates me to no end...not your post, yet the amount of homework your child is getting! I am an educator, a reading specialist and a math tutor. I suppose because your child is at a charter school, they set the rules? Yet children should NOT be bombarded w/ homework to the point where they are feeling so overwhelmed. Rule of thumb...ten minutes per grade level and that means beginning at 1st grade. So in K, it should be minimal...isn't this why we send our kids to school? To do the work there? Do we as adults get paid to take home work from the office? And is this expected as normal to do so?
Our child goes to a public school and we recently had a meeting w/ our daughter's first grade teacher about the amount and having it for weekends too. Nicely said, yet firmly too we told her weekends are for family and we will not have our daughter do it on the weekends. Yet we always read to her casually (a lot) and that will be done, but not recorded etc. And as for homework during the week, 10 minutes is our goal, yet will here and there go up to 20 minutes. Once she hits that time frame (w/ best effort), we will draw a line and sign it whereever she has not completed it. There is no research stating or proving that it improves test scores etc. Especially in the younger years...don't have my hands on these articles, yet both my H and I have read them.
Question: Is homework required in that it will affect students' grades? We found out that it is not, yet at the same time we want to instill in our children good study habits, so we will have her do homework Mon. through Thursday night and w/ a time restriction. I suggest you have a meeting, let them know you'll pick out the most important sheets, have him do it (I am cringing that your child has worksheets already!) for 'x' amount of time each night. We also told the teacher that if in fact down the road our daughter hits a road block, then we'll increase the time needed to get her through that 'bump'. Best wishes...:)
ps, I told my H that when we had children, this homework thing would be my 'pet peeve'...and yup, it is! But w/ good reason...to protect the whole child...one who needs structure, yet freedom to express, play, touch, feel, get muddy, fall down, get back up, laugh...