The purpose of homework is to extend and reinforce learning, develop self-discipline, personal responsibility and independent thinking. The amount of homework assigned varies from teacher to teacher. Homework usually reflects the day’s lesson and is an opportunity to do further research or prepare for a new topic.
Parents and guardians are expected to provide the necessary time, materials and space where children can work at home without distractions. While parents should encourage and in some instances assist children in doing assignments, each child is expected to do the work. Homework is one tool that teachers use to gauge if students are mastering the skills necessary to meet standards.
Homework should be expected Monday through Thursday and consists of varied assignments, plus 30 minutes of daily reading (including weekends). Each teacher's homework system varies. Specifics will be given during the curriculum breakfast at the beginning of the year.
Typical homework assignments include reading response, writing work, math, social studies, science or community work. Homework is a review of what has been taught in class, so students should have a clear understanding of what they are doing. If there are questions about homework, email or send a note to the teacher. Students should do not leave it blank and unaddressed.
Following are basic guidelines for time allotments for this portion of the homework:
Kindergarten 10-15 minutes + 30 minutes of independent (or shared) reading
First Grade 10-25 minutes + 30 minutes of independent (or shared) reading
Second Grade 25-35 minutes + 30 minutes of independent reading
Third Grade 35-45 minutes + 30 minutes of independent reading
Fourth Grade 45-60 minutes + 30 minutes of independent reading
Fifth Grade 60-70 minutes + 30 minutes of independent reading
In addition to these assignments, students should read for at least 30 minutes daily, including weekends. During the time, students should be focused and continuing the reading work they are doing in class (using post-its, chapter grids, etc.) Reading MUST be recorded in their reading logs every day, including weekends.
All students also receive holiday and summer homework packets to keep their minds fresh and active over school breaks, and to ensure that they retain what they have learned.