Homework Guidelines

The purpose of homework is to:

  • Promote increased student achievement
  • Increase communication between home and school
  • Involve parents in encouraging students to become life-long learners

The following is a list of the kinds of homework you may see throughout the year in your child’s grade level.

Kindergarten

  • Reading library books with parent/guardian.
  • Child talks with parent/guardian about books, experiences and interests.
  • Review papers and projects brought home.
  • Provide free choice activities such as coloring, cutting, clay and board games.
  • Occasional assignments based on a theme being studied in the classroom. Projects will involve parent and child participation. The emphasis is placed on the process and not the end product.

Benefits:

  • Increased interest in reading.
  • Increased expressive and cognitive language.
  • Increased fine motor skills.

Time Expectations:

  • 3 – 4 nights per week.

First Grade

  • Various assigned projects and reports.
  • Eager Reader at-home reading program

Benefit to student:

  • Support from family in academic areas.
  • Improved oral and silent reading.
  • Practice and mastery of spelling words.

Time Expectations:

  • 15 – 20 minutes per night, 4 times per week.

Second Grade

 

  • Math facts (+/-) to 18 review and practice with parents.
  • Various math homework assignments that will reinforce in class topics.
  • Reading together, asking questions such as: Who? What? Where? Why? Etc.
  • Science/ Social Studies: occasional special projects as assigned-some parental supervision and involvement required
  • Completion of incomplete or missed class work in all subject areas.

Benefit to student:

  • Additional practice and mastery of weekly spelling words and math facts.
  • Fluent oral reading practice.
  • Develop stronger reading comprehension skills.
  • Develop research and study skills.
  • Enrichment for all levels of achievement.

Time Expectations:

  • Approximately 20 - 30 minutes per night, 3 – 4 times per week.
  • Short practice sessions, no more than 15 minutes per session for math and spelling.
  • Reading together, 4 – 5 nights per week for 10 – 20 minutes, emphasizing enjoyment and comprehension.
  • Homework as needed to meet requirements of special assignments.

Third Grade

  • Math Homework
  • Memorize +, -
  • Study spelling – review and practice with parent/guardian.
  • 20 – 30 minutes oral reading child to parent or individual silent reading.
  • Special projects in science, language arts, social studies – some parent involvement and supervision required.
  • Completion of unfinished or missed work in all subject areas

Benefit to student:

  • Additional practice.
  • Enrichment.
  • Develops good study habits.
  • Develops student responsibility for own actions.
  • Develops independent research skills.
  • Increased reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
  • Increased math understanding

Time Expectations:

  • Approximately 30 – 45 minutes per night.
  • Spelling daily.
  • Oral reading daily.
  • Large block of time over several days for special projects.
  • Homework needs to be turned in on time, papers turned in after due date will be marked late.

Fourth Grade

Nightly:

  • Finish any work form the day
  • Read 20 minutes

Weekly may include:

  • Spelling packets
  • Friday Packets (one activity per night)
  • Vocabulary Activities
  • Math Packets
  • Language Review Activities
  • Problem Solving Activities

Monthly may include:

  • Book Projects
  • Science Projects

Benefit to student:

  • Additional practice.
  • Enrichment.
  • Develops good study habits.
  • Develops student responsibility for own actions.
  • Develops independent research skills.
  • Increased reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
  • Increased math understanding.

Time Expectations:

  • 45 – 60 minutes per night, including 20 minutes of reading.

Fifth Grade

  • Read books and prepare book reports when assigned, 15 minutes per night.
  • Complete math homework.
  • Complete long-term projects assigned.
  • Do makeup work from absences.
  • Prepare for tests.
  • Work that is not completed at school.
  • Review daily lessons.

Benefit to student:

  • Develops discipline and responsibility.
  • Develops good study habits, time management, and self-motivation.
  • Develops research skills.
  • Enrichment.
  • Increased academic achievement.

Time Expectations:

  • 30 – 60 minutes each night, 4 –5 nights per week.