Homework is a great way for students to learn study habits.
It also teaches responsibility. Students know that they can learn any place and homework helps remind them of that.
Our teachers assign different amounts of homework at different grades. Please ask at Parent Orientation what your child’s teacher expects.
We never use homework as punishment. If your child is taking a long time to complete their work or seems to really struggle, please let the teacher know immediately. It is never our intent for homework to be a major problem for children or their parents.
(Taken from the book, Classroom Instruction that Works by Marzano, Pickering and Pollock.)
Help set up a consistent organized place for homework to be done.
Help your child establish either a consistent schedule for completing homework or help her create a schedule each Sunday night that reflects that particular week's activities.
Encourage, motivate, and prompt your child, but do not sit with her and do the homework with her. The purpose of the homework is for your child to practice and use what she has learned. If your child is consistently not able to do the homework by herself, please contact the teacher.
If your child is practicing a skill, ask him to tell you which steps are easy for him, which are difficult, or how he is going to improve. If your child is doing a project, ask him what knowledge he is applying in the project. If, your child is consistently unable to talk about the knowledge he is practicing or using, please call the teacher.
Although there might be exceptions, the minutes your child should spend on homework should equal approximately 10 times her grade level (a 2nd grader would spend 20 minutes, a 3rd grade, 30 and so on).
When bedtime comes, please stop your child, even if he is not done.
Marzano, R., Pickering, D., & Pollock. J. (2001). Classroom Instruction that works, Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, 19.