With assigned homework, please consider the following points:
The purpose of homework is to:
· Reinforce learning from the school day;
· Increase student responsibility;
· Provide communication to parents.
It is the teacher's responsibility to ensure that homework assignments:
· Are meaningful and relevant;
· Are clearly communicated;
· Allow for differentiation;
· Are consistent amongst the grade level
· Focus on home learning, as opposed to homework.
Parents can help by checking the child's agenda and homework folder daily
for assignments and notes from the teacher. Additionally, parents can help
by providing a distraction-free environment.
We should encourage parents to avoid the temptation to do their children¹s
homework and produce error-free products. This does not contribute to a
child's learning; in fact, it often gives teachers an inaccurate assessment
of children's learning. If a child experiences difficulty in a homework
assignment, it is much wiser for the parent to inform the teacher that more
instructional support may be necessary.
Homework will generally be assigned Monday through Thursday evenings with
Friday homework being an option for the teacher. Each of the first grade
through fifth grade level teams has established a consistent homework
pattern that includes these components:
· Language/Sentence Sense Activity
· Reading/Independent Reading
· Words Their Way Spelling/Phonics Activity
When teachers assign long-range projects, it is strongly recommended that a
letter goes home to the parent(s)/guardian(s) explaining the project, a due
date, and strategies for parents to use to improve their child's learning.
We recognize that a child absent from school misses more than the reading
and writing assignments completed during the day. It is expected that the
student will make up as much of the work as possible. As in all schoolwork,
the assignment needs to be done within a reasonable time after the student
returns to school. If an emergency arises and the student cannot complete
an assignment, the parent/guardian is expected to send a note to the