6th graders should plan on an average of one hour of homework each evening; this 60 minutes includes twenty minutes of independent reading from the book of their choice. A typical night of homework will look like this:
20 minutes of silent reading
15 minutes of math (This could mean working on their multiplication/division facts!)
15 minutes of Language Arts
10-15 of Science or Social Studies
Note that this is an average estimate. Some nights may mean spending more or less time getting homework completed.
SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
Many students take advantage of the study hall time at the end of each day (band and chorus). This time enables the students to complete assignments at school prior to getting home; therefore they won't have homework to complete. If this is the case, your child should spend more time silent reading and or working on math facts.
If your child has spent an hour and a half doing homework, have them stop! The purpose of homework is to develop a sense of responsibility and time management, not to overwhelm the student. The same holds true if your child is struggling with a concept or skill (this applies particularly to math). Do not let your child reach a point of complete frustration, which defeats the purpose of homework. If this happens, send a note into your child's teacher.
Do not turn your house into a battlefield regarding homework! If your child is refusing to follow homework expectations, allow him or her to make that decision and face the consequences at school. At sixth grade your child knows and understands what is expected of him or her, so learning the hard way is sometimes what it takes. Remember, we are a team with you and your child! We can help you come up with a plan to assist your child in being more responsible and sucessful in school! Let us help!
Allow your child to make mistakes on his or her homework; this gives his or her teacher important information about your child's learning, and allows us to make instructional adjustments. It's great to give assistance, but be cautious not to correct everything. Making mistakes on homework is a good thing!
- Math: (no it's not a four letter word!) :) Your child has reached a point in school where the math is more complex and abstract and taught very differently than you were taught in school. It's a parent's first inclination to "show" their child how they solved the math we will be working on- Please resist that urge! Instead, ask your child to show or explain to you what we are learning; in other words, ask them to teach you. Not only will this reinforce the language used in class, but allows your child to think through the task themselves. Students will have access to examples, their textbooks, and websites to assist them when needed. The best thing you can do for your child is to coach them to think about the lesson taught in class, and to help him or her take responsibility for their own learning! A little bit of struggle goes a long way with pushing through the hard stuff and learning to persevere!