Homework Policy

 Homework Policy

 

Homework is a natural extension of what children learn during the school day. It is intended to provide children with:

  • practice of newly learned skills or concepts that are presented in the classroom.
  • preparation for upcoming classroom events, such as studying for a test or reading a chapter before a classroom discussion.
  • extension activities that provide students with opportunities to apply previously learned skills and concepts to new situations.
  • creative opportunities that enable the child to integrate skills and concepts into a higher-level activity, often a long-term assignment or project.


Homework is also an excellent communication tool between home and school as it is a reflection of concepts and skills that are being presented in the classroom.  Homework provides an opportunity for you to work with and support your children.  Remember, however, that your children must be allowed to complete their own homework – don't do it for them.  Your child's classroom teacher will share additional information about homework success at Back to School Night.

Although the amount of time spent on homework may vary from day to day and teacher to teacher, the following are time allotted guidelines:

  • Kindergarten: Please read with your child for at least 15 minutes nightly.
  • 1st grade: 15-30 minutes
  • 2nd grade: 20-30 minutes
  • 3rd grade: 30-45 minutes
  • 4th and 5th grade: 45-60 minutes


Reading for pleasure or information should be part of every child’s daily routine.


TO ESTABLISH GOOD HOMEWORK HABITS

  • Make homework a habit.
  • Make homework a priority.
  • Create a well-supplied homework area.
  • Communicate with the teacher if your child has extenuating circumstances that impact homework completion.


STUDENT ABSENCE AND HOMEWORK

Students are responsible for making up both school and homework missed during an absence. The classroom teacher, depending on the circumstances surrounding the absence, will handle the time frame for make-up work on an individual basis.