Posted on September 3, 2017
Since the beginning of the school year, I have had the opportunity to meet with many of the parents of my new students. I have truly enjoyed this chance to get to know you and your child better. Several of you asked about homework. I would like to take a moment to go over my homework expectations.
I am a firm believer in honoring family time. Children come to school each day from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During that time, they put in an intensive day of learning. This can be hard work. When they come home, they need their down time. They probably need their downtime even more than we do. Children need time to rest, play, relax, daydream, explore, and recharge their batteries. Just like you and me, they come home from a long day and don't want to have to do another hour of work.
As a mother, I value my family time. Our children grow up so quickly. The time we have together should be filled with wonderful memories of time spent together doing things we love. I don't want my family's precious time filled with tears and frustration over homework. I want our family time to be a time when my children can rest and recharge for another fun and exciting day of school. I want the same for my students and their families. I try to honor this commitment by keeping homework to a minimum and only assigning work that truly benefits the students.
Our schoolʻs homework policy can also be found in the Parent Handbook.
So what homework do you assign?
Daily reading - 30 minutes: Reading daily is an important part of school success. There is much research that shows that children who read daily have greater success in school. I have asked your children to read daily for 30 minutes. This is also great time to bond with your child over a great book. So occasionally, if you want to read together, please do. The reading is recorded on a reading chart. Please remind your child to include their thinking about the reading. I send the reading chart home on Friday and they have until the following Friday to complete it. So if they miss a night or need to read a little over the weekend, they have plenty of time to complete the chart. I know that many students wait until Thursday evening to complete the reading chart. Please encourage your child to fill it out each day after reading. This is an important time management skill that we are trying to instill in the children.
Math: practice based on class work or review. Math is always due the next day. The homework is generally review of past concepts and should take no more than 10-15 minutes. If your child has difficulty with an assignment or is feeling frustrated, please just sign the top of the page, so I know you saw it and have your child return it the next day. I will help them with the concepts covered.
Word Work: Each student has a list of 10-20 words to study. We play many spelling games and practice the words regularly, so there is not too much studying necessary. By the end of the week, the children are very familiar with the words. The students have a spelling notebook. This book comes home on Monday, but needs to return to class by Thursday.
Occasional homework - may include finishing up some classwork, gathering resources, taking pictures or finding evidence for an inquiry, and installing major updates on the iPad.
When is the homework due?
I pass out the reading chart on Friday. It is due the following Friday. The students will write down their word work on Monday. The quiz will be on Friday. The math is assigned based on class work. It is always due the next day.
How will I know what homework my child has?
The children and I use a homework reminder sheet to record their homework and important reminders. It should live in their homework folder, which should come back and forth to school daily. Please check the reminder sheet throughout the week, we add important announcements as they come up.
What happens if my child does not do his homework?
If you child does not turn in the homework, I will send home a "pink note." The signed note and completed homework should be returned the next day. If the pink note and finished homework does not come back the next day, I will contact you. The "pink note" is meant to be a form of communication between the classroom and home, informing family that there is an assignment that needs to be completed.
If you should have any further questions about homework, I will be happy to answer them at the Gr. 3-5 Open House this coming Thursday, September 7th. Remember to arrange for child care, as the school will not be able to provide care that evening. I look forward to seeing you there!