Homework

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The purpose of homework is to support classroom learning through practice, pre-learning, processing, or checking for understanding. 

Assignments are developed for specific purposes:

  • to aid in diagnosis of student’s needs, interests, abilities
  • to provide drill or exercise as needed by student
  • to enrich or extend knowledge
  • to encourage inquiry and recognize talents or interests

Teachers will:

  • clearly explain the homework assignment to students
  • post the homework assignment
  • check homework consistently
  • assign work that is appropriate to the age, level and needs/interests of the student
  • Teachers may differentiate assignments for students- particularly those with special needs and consider their accommodations

It is recommended that the time allotment for homework (in totality- for all subjects, including reading log) is as follows:

  • Kindergarten: on an individual basis
  • Grades 1 – 2: 15-30 minutes per night
  • Grades 3 – 4: 30-45 minutes per night
  • Grade 5: 45-90 minutes per night

Most homework assignments will be given Monday-Thursday.  On occasion, assignments may be given on a Friday. Extended research projects may also be assigned over a period of weeks, in the upper grades.

Parents should:

  • Establish a consistent, regular time for homework. A good routine is an hour of play after school followed by homework time before dinner.
  • Establish a comfortable homework area. It may be at a desk or at a table. Make certain it is well lit and quiet.
  • Have homework supplies handy. Keep paper, pencils, pens, and eraser near your homework spot to save time and avoid interruptions.
  • Concentrate on the task at hand, and see individual assignments through before taking a break.
  • Keep a calendar of long-range assignments.
  • Check student homework assignment pad daily.
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