The Purpose of Homework
The purpose of homework is to ensure that each student has the opportunity to practice, reinforce and/or extend the skills and concepts taught during the instructional day. It is a powerful way to extend the learning for children. Homework has value and is given to help your child succeed in school. We also believe it helps teach responsibility, developing long-lasting study habits.
Ø Establish a daily routine and stick to it.
Ø Provide a quiet place for your child to do homework.
Ø Provide materials/resources needed for your child to be organized at home.
Ø Check your child’s planner/organizer each day.
Ø Encourage your child to show you his/her completed work.
Ø Follow your child’s progress regularly on Parent Connect.
Ø Support, clarify and motivate, but do NOT do the homework for your child.
Ø Investigate if your child NEVER has homework.
Ø Help with memory work, such as math facts.
Ø Help your child find information in books, newspapers and on the computer.
Ø Focus on the things your child does well.
Ø Let your child take a homework break, if needed.
How Often Will My Child Have Homework?
Parents often want to know what is expected regarding homework at each grade level. While we feel homework is important to your child’s learning experience, we also know that homework must be balanced with other things in the child’s life. Most schools feel that an appropriate amount of time spent on homework is the child’s grade multiplied by 10 minutes. Keep in mind, this is an average. Some evenings a student may have less and occasionally, they may have more.
This is what you can expect at our school…
Grade 3: 3-4 nights per week
Grade 4: 4 nights per week
Make sure your read your child’s classroom information for specific guidelines for their teacher’s homework policy.
Homework Requests: You may request homework if your child will be absent for 2 or more days. Requests are ready within 24 hours, so that teachers have adequate time to gather materials/assignments.
Make-up Work for Vacations: No homework will be given in advance for vacations during school time. Students will be responsible to get this AFTER they return; they will be given adequate time to complete the work.