Homework allows students to prepare for an upcoming lesson, to practice something that we’ve learned in class, or to provide enrichment beyond what has been learned in the classroom. Homework is also a valuable tool in teaching responsibility and organization. Students can expect to have about 40 minutes of homework per day, but this will obviously vary from day to day, especially when tests or special projects are assigned. As a general rule, I do not assign homework on Fridays.
All assignments will be clearly explained and labeled on a special assignment board in the classroom. Students have also been provided an assignment notebook that they will be required to use. The assignment notebook will be checked and signed daily at school and it will also be required to be signed at home nightly. Assignments will also be listed on the website. There will be daily and long-term assignments.
If an assignment is not finished in class, it will be considered homework and is due the next day unless otherwise noted. If an assignment is not turned in when it is due, a student will need to attend study hall at lunch recess to complete the assignment.
You should allow your child to work independently on his homework whenever possible. Since directions may have been forgotten between the time they were given in class and the time set aside for homework, it’s okay to do an example or two with your child before she completes the rest on her own. Particularly challenging assignments may require more guidance. Praising your child for his attempts promotes future independence and self-worth too! Please feel free to encourage your child to email me with questions about assignments. I check my messages often at home and I will do my best to respond.