Homework is one means of developing the necessary skills of independent study and learning for present and future use.Homework promotes organizational skills and a sense of responsibility. It is also an opportunity for parents to become actively involved in their child's learning and for each child to reach his/her full potential. Through homework, students are given the opportunity to complete additional practice and application to strengthen skills; to expand and/or enrich regular class work; to complete work started in class; to make up work due to absence.
Teachers may assign homework as determined necessary to enhance student learning that is taking place in the classroom.Each child works at his/her own pace, so the amount of time needed to complete specific assignments may vary. The types of homework may vary to enable the student to have experience/practice in reading, writing, computational skills,and other subject areas during a given week. Frequency and length of assignments will be grade appropriate. At a very minimum, a child should read or be read to 15-20 minutes nightly.
Some teachers follow these general guidelines when assigning homework:
1st grade: 10 – 15 minutes per night2nd grade: 20 – 30 minutes per night3rd grade: 30 – 40 minutes per night4th grade: 40 – 50 minutes per night5th grade: 50 – 60 minutes per night
Please do not make the issue of homework a battlefield; if your child is working consistently longer than these times,contact the teacher for assistance.
Students are responsible for ensuring that they:
- Understand the homework assignment.
- Take home all books and materials needed to do the assignment.
- Complete the homework in the assigned format and turn it in when it is due.
- Participate actively and cooperatively in the evaluation of their homework when appropriate.
Parents are encouraged to provide an environment which fosters the development of life-long learning skills. This includes:
- A quiet place to work.
- Necessary materials.
- A regular study time.
- Review the student planner.
- Encouragement and praise.