Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday. Assignments are posted on the classroom newsletter.
A typical week of homework will include:
Spelling Activity - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Reading - 20 minutes of free choice per night
Other - Review Science or Social Studies study guides or work on a project
All homework is due to school on Friday!
By allowing all homework to be returned on Fridays, I hope this will help accommodate families' busy schedules. If you know one particular night is going to be hectic, you can spread homework out so that none has to be completed on that particular night.
Math - A Math Homework Packet will be sent home at the beginning of each math unit and will be due back at the end of the unit. Additional enrichment websites will be included on the packet cover page for additional reinforcement of skills at home.
Guidelines for Helping With Homework
So You Don't Work Harder Than Your Child!
by Dr. Charles Fay
Set aside a time each day for family learning.
Set aside at least 30 minutes, devoted to family brain cell development.
During this time, there should be no TV, video games, computer games, etc.
Model your own excitement for learning by reading a book, writing letters,
Help only when your child truly wants it.
Some parents make the mistake of forcing help upon their kids. This only
creates frustration, anger, and kids who believe they can't learn without
their parents' help.
Help only when there's an absence of anger or frustration.
When either you or your child gets frustrated or angry, learning becomes
associated with frustration and anger.
Help only when your child can describe what the teacher said.
This ensures that your child continues to believe that it's important to pay
attention to teachers.
Unfortunately, some kids learn that it's best to "tune-out" at school and
let their parents do all of the teaching at home.
Move away from your child before he/she "gets it."
Some children believe they can only learn something, or "get it," when an
adult is in the same room
or is guiding them every inch of the way.
To prevent this dependency, avoid falling into the habit of sitting at the
table as your child does their homework, especially when they are on the
brink of learning something new.
THE CARDINAL RULE FOR HELPING:
Never Work Harder Than Your Child.