Homework is an important part of your child’s education. It reinforces lessons learned in school, and it allows you to see what your child is learning and doing in school. Homework reinforces study habits and responsibility.
Homework will be assigned regularly. Each student is responsible for completing his/her assignments on time. Please sign or initial homework so that I know that you have seen it. Inventive/creative spelling will be accepted for writing assignments, although students should make an effort to sound out all words to the best of their ability. Also, if a word has been introduced, and learned, it’s expected to be spelled correctly from that moment on. Neatness counts and is reinforced.
Homework should take no longer that 10 to 20 minutes maximum, except for projects. If you find that your child is taking longer than this, or is having difficulty with any aspect of homework, please contact me. Your child will have math, spelling, and reading (for 10 minutes) Monday through Thursday. No homework will be assigned on Fridays, except for projects or Star Student activities. As the year progresses there may be another assignment added. I just ask you to help empty your child’s everyday pocket and homework folder. This helps your child understand that you are interested in their weekly work. It also gives you ideas for conversations with your child about school.
Here are some suggestions to help make your child’s homework experience become more gratifying.
- Talk to your child about setting aside a specific quiet place to work and a consistent block of time to work with.
- Sit with your child to supervise and offer assistance if needed, but remember, we want to foster your child’s independence.
- Participate in your child’s experiences, and offer positive words of encouragement. Give them a short break from his/her work if needed.
- Help your child be better organized by designating a place where they can put their things that thy need to for school, like a basket, box, or bin.
- Sign your child’s homework. It shows them and me that you are aware of the kind of work they are doing.