Homework- 1st grade
Homework will be given DAILY Monday-Thursday of each week. The homework assignment sheet and the materials needed for homework will be in the homework folder inside the BEE Binder. Your child will have a pencil box with crayons, scissors, glue, pencils, etc. in his book bag. This is everything he may need to do homework. Please keep the pencil box in the book bag for safe keeping.
Homework will be for review and practice of reading, spelling and math skills as well as test study guides when needed. It is not meant to be “busy” work. The purposes for homework are practice, preparation and elaboration. Research suggests that a maximum of 30 minutes per day should be spent on homework in the primary grades. “Homework for young children should help them develop good study habits, foster positive attitudes toward school, and communicate to students the idea that learning takes work at home as well as at school.” (Classroom Instruction That Works).
Parent involvement in homework should be kept to a minimum. If you see your child struggling with the homework assignments, by all means, help your child. This does not mean you give the answer though. If this should occur, please jot a quick note on the homework letting me know what your child struggled with, and I will remediate the next day. An exception would be with study guides. Please study the facts and questions from the study guides with your child when they’re assigned.
Some helpful homework suggestions are listed below (Classroom Instruction That Works):
· Help set up a consistent organized place for homework to be done.
· Help your child establish either a consistent schedule for completing homework or help him create a schedule each Sunday night that reflects that particular week’s activities.
· Encourage, motivate and prompt your child, but do not sit with her and do homework with her. The purpose of the homework is for your child to practice and use what she has learned. If your child is consistently not able to do the homework by herself, please let me know ASAP.
· If your child is practicing a skill, ask him to tell you which steps are easy for him, which are difficult, or how he is going to improve. If your child is doing a project, ask him what knowledge he is applying in the project. If, your child is consistently unable to talk about the knowledge he is practiced or using, please let me know ASAP.
· When bedtime comes, please stop your child, even if he is not done, and jot a note to let me know.
If homework is not attempted and sent back to school the next day, your child will complete the missing assignment during recess the following day. He/she will also lose 1 point for the day’s performance in his/her planner.
Thank you for ensuring the homework policy works for your child.