Homework

Homework each night is:

1. Clean out folder and book bag, return any papers that should be returned, keep papers that should be kept. This should be done with an adult so you can discuss items that should be taken out and items that should be returned.  Folders have important information from our class, the front office, PTA, Central Office, etc. Please be diligent in checking folders each night.

2. Student should read aloud to an adult for 1 minute, have an adult read either to student and/or with student and/or student read independently for 19 or more minutes and be ready to take an AR test first thing the next morning. *On Monday, students should be ready to take 2 AR tests since you’ve had 3 nights to read. (If you are in the fluency group, one night each week you will read aloud for one minute and record WPM and retell. This is for students who have not reached benchmarks for beginning/mid/end of year deadlines. They will be required to return a reading passage signed by the adult who listened.) After your AR goal is met, you may read any book, magazine, web site, etc. for your reading homework and during class time.

3. Check the web page to keep up with what we’re doing and for reminders of what you might need to do.

4.  Occasionally, projects will be assigned that are given a longer period of time to complete that will accomodate everyone’s busy schedule. These will be posted well in advance on the web page and will be discussed daily in class until the due date.

5.  Extra credit projects that are OPTIONAL will be offered periodically.

6.  Full credit is given to work turned in on time.  Ten points will be deducted for each day an assignment is late.

7.  If your child chooses to misuse their time in class, they will need to bring home their classwork to do as homework.   See below for valuable advice about homework.

 

Wise Words about homework from Jim Fay of the Love and Logic Institute

IF I WERE KING maggiey@loveandlogic.com.

If I were king, I’d insist that we take a new look at the role of homework for elementary-aged children.

There are many different ways to learn. Pencil and paper activities are good ways to learn, but only one of many different ways.

If I were king, paper and pencil worksheets would cease at the end of the school day for kids in elementary school. Other forms of learning would take over, except in cases where a child does them on a voluntary basis.

As king, I would encourage parents to ask teachers for ideas about how kids can learn in different fun ways with their parents. I bet the teachers would suggest all kinds of learning activities that support the work done at school. Homework might include activities such as:

Reading to each other.

Games that require math skills.

Exploring the neighborhood for examples of nature and science.

Card games and board games.

Electronic games.

Researching on the Internet.

Measuring and weighing while cooking.

Finding the best bargain in the grocery store.

Spelling games.

Calculating gas mileage, win/loss averages for favorite sports, time and distance, etc.

This list could go on and on.

All of you have favorite learning games and activities. I invite you to share these ideas. We will compile a list to distribute at a later date. Email your contributions to

Why do I ask for you to contribute to this list? Research, including Dr. Harris Cooper’s study of 700 young students, indicates that the more written assignments students did, the more negative their attitudes became about school.

Let’s put the joy back into learning.

Thanks for reading,
Jim Fay

The Love and Logic Show
Visit this page to listen to The Love and Logic Show with Dr. Charles Fay. New shows are posted regularly and they feature different parenting challenges…and they provide tried and true techniques for taking the exhaustion out of raising respectful and responsible kids. Podcasts are available, too.

Ending Homework Hassles

One mother said it well: “I’m tired of doing battle every evening over spelling words, long division, and book reports. I thought I was done with this sort of homework when I graduated from school!”

Listed below are some time-tested tips for helping your child with homework:

  • · Help only as long as there is no frustration or anger. When homework becomes associated with negative emotions, it’s no surprise that kids start to view learning as a real drag.
  • · Help only as long as your child is working harder than you are. Say, “I’ll be happy to help you as long as you’re working harder than I am.”
  • · Avoid sitting with your child when they are about to “get it.” Many kids come to believe that they can only learn new things…or “get it”…if an adult is guiding them every step of the way. Explain this by saying, “Part of my job as your Mom is to help you see that you can learn without me. That’s why there will be times when I let you work by yourself.”

Dr. Charles Fay

 

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