Homework Help for Parents

homework_titleAt the February PTA meeting, principal Dr. Karen Duke and several teachers presented information about homework expectations and tips for helping your child be successful with homework. This document was handed out and discussed and republished with permission here. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or Dr. Duke.

Homework guidelines

Congruent with the district homework guidelines

  • Grade K: 15 minutes per day
  • Grades 1-3: 30 minutes per day
  • Grades 4-6: 45 minutes per day

Homework times may or may not include independent reading time, depending on the teacher.

Certain grade levels and teachers may increase or decrease the amount of homework and will communicate with parents regularly about expectations. All teachers will work with parents to ensure the child is receiving an appropriate amount and level of homework assignments.

Important homework information

  1. The key to a successful homework experience is communication! Teachers will communicate expectations and assignments; parents are asked to share with teachers any concerns, questions or issues that arise around homework.
  2. Teachers will differentiate / modify homework assignments as needed, in order to give more or less, or different, work according to student needs. Please discuss with the teacher if you feel the amount of homework is too much or too little.
  3. It is OK for parents to decide to quit homework before assignments are complete if child is fatigued or overly frustrated. In that case, parents are asked to communicate with teachers about what happened, what caused frustration, what help is needed, etc. Parents should monitor to make sure students are not just avoiding work, and parents should also not be afraid to “push” students if they think more can be accomplished.
  4. Students in grades 4-6 have planners and fill in their assignments in class every day. Planners should go back and forth daily. Students in PK-3 receive regular communication from teachers about homework assignments (at least weekly).
  5. Parents should establish an environment at home that is conducive to doing homework. One of the most important goals of homework is to establish a routine and habits that will help students regularly complete homework as they get older.
  6. Parents can build in breaks during homework time.
  7. If parents need additional resources for math homework in grades 3-6, the “Student Resource Book” is available for use at home (talk to your student or teacher to obtain a copy). Families will also receive the “Everyday Math Family Letter” at the beginning of each unit, which includes explanations and vocabulary from the unit as well as answers to all homework assignments.
  8. Movement/exercise before homework prepares the brain for optimal learning and is critical for kids to get every day after school if possible.
  9. It is OK and important for parents to help with homework if needed.
  10. Teachers will communicate how and whether parents should help with various tasks.
  11. It is usually not a good idea for students to miss extended periods of school due to vacation. When students do miss for vacation, parents may want to continue a routine of reading and writing during the absence. In most cases teachers are unable to prepare materials and work ahead of time for lengthy vacations. Teachers will communicate with parents about required makeup work upon return.

February 2013


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