We believe that homework is important. It reinforces what has been taught in class and helps prepare students for academic responsibilities in the future. It helps students develop positive study habits.
Assignments generally should take no longer than 30 to 60 total minutes to complete (See p. 23-24 of the Elementary School Student/Parent Handbook). Math is typically assigned every night. In addition, the students may have an assignment in one other area. Time is given in class to complete any ongoing projects or assignments in addition to the above mentioned norm.
Please feel free to call if you find your child is continually coming home with more work than outlined above. I support and encourage all students to have free time in the evenings to play, excercise, relax, and unwind. I need this time too! My goal is to help students learn how to budget their time so that this free time is available.
About one week’s notice will be given before any major unit test (in Science, Social Studies, and Spelling) so students are able to spend some time preparing for these tests in advance. Here are some ways in which you can help your child with homework:
1. Check your child’s homework planner each night. Encourage him/her to write assignments carefully and completely. If you find my initials are in the book, please sign your initials as well.
2. Make homework a habit! Plan a regular time each day for homework. Some children prefer to work immediately after coming home; some prefer right after dinner. Decide together what time is best in your family.
3. Plan a special place for your child to work. . . not in front of the television! It should be quiet space with a desk or table, a lamp, and pencils with erasers.
4. Have a good attitude about homework! Your child will be able to tell you more about his day if you ask specific questions, such as "Tell me one thing you learned in Social Studies today." Praise his/her efforts!
5. Supervise your child’s homework time, but don’t do the work for him/her. Require your child to work alone for the first 5 or 10 minutes. Let him/her attempt to “figure it out” by himself/herself. Then, check up on your child. “Is everything okay? Do you need any help?” Then, encourage him/her to finish the work without your assistance. It is acceptable for your child to turn in homework with mistakes. Please do not feel you must correct them all. As we go over homework in class, your child will be able to correct and learn from his or her mistakes. Also, I will gain valuable information regarding the type and frequency of mistakes in order to remediate where needed.
6. Allow your child to take a break if the assignment is long. Two 20-minute work segments with a 10-minute break in-between might work better for your child than 40 minutes of non-stop homework time.
7. If your child does not complete a homework assignment, that work will be made up during free time the next day.