Homework is a teaching tool that links school and home by reinforcing work previously taught at school. It keeps parents informed of current studies, gives each child an opportunity to show his or her success, and gives the parent an opportunity to praise efforts.
Homework is sent home in a designated folder. On Fridays, a homework check sheet will be sent home. It contains only four-days worth of homework; however, I send it home a week early in case the students have activities or appointments during the week. It needs to be completed and returned on the following Friday.
Each child should read every night (Monday through Thursday) for at least 10 minutes. If you choose, the poem sent home every week can be used for reading time. In my parent letter sent home at the beginning of the year, I attached a suggested format on how to read with a child.
On the front cover of the homework, I include a suggested timeline to complete homework and the skills that we are working on in class. I have put the skills into two categories: "should be mastered at the end of the week" and "ongoing skills." You can use this as a guide for your child's progress.
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!
- Dr. Seuss