Mrs. Platten’s Homework Schedule and Guidelines
· Homework is intended to practice skills and connect what we do at school to real life. It is not graded.
· It is meant to be engaging and fun!
· Please do not spend more than 20 minutes a night on homework. If something is taking a long time, please take a break and write me a note or email.
· I appreciate feedback from you or your first grader if homework consistently feels too easy, too difficult, or confusing.
· Please monitor your first grader as they complete their work and help them return it to school on time.
Throughout the Week
· Dialogue Journal (get on Monday, return on Thursday)
These journals are an opportunity for students to experience and use authentic writing. Student and teacher will write notes back and forth to one another each week. Students are expected to write a greeting, the date, 1 sentence that answers the question written by the teacher, and 1 sentence that asks the teacher a question.
· Read everyday (Get and return books every Monday starting in early October)
Students will take home 3-5 leveled books to read at home per week. These books will give students appropriate text for reading practice at their level. They will keep a log of the number of minutes they read each night. It is important for students to spend time reading every night. The target number of minutes per day at home is 10 at this grade level. Students should re-read these "Book Trade" books if they finish them early in the week. After reading to an adult, rereading books to themselves, a sibling, or even a pet is a fun way to increase reading fluency. Some students even read books to grandparents over the phone!
· Practice reading and writing weekly sight words
We will study four new sight words each week. Sight words will be practiced at school throughout the week, but may also need to be reviewed at home. We will write our sight words at school on Mondays and Fridays. Please see the “Activities to practice sight words” Tic Tac Toe board for creative ways to review these words with your first grader.
Monday and Wednesday:
Twice a week, students will bring home a Math Home Link to complete. The specific assignment given may be differentiated based on a student's need for practice or enrichment.