Homework is an integral part of the school experience. It gives children the opportunity to build upon what they are learning and encourages a strong school-to-home partnership. Part of the Success For All Reading Program includes 20 minutes each night of reading homework.
Other types of homework you can expect children to bring home are: those that allow students to PRACTICE what they have learned in school; those that provide PREPARATION for upcoming lessons or assignments (e.g., tests); EXTENSIONS assignments which allow children to apply previously-learned skills to new situations or activities; as well as assignments which encourage CREATIVITY and challenge students to reach higher levels of thinking. There are many benefits to be gleaned from regular homework assignments. Children learn time-management as well as self-motivation and self-discipline. Homework also encourages children to become responsible, conscientious students as well as independent thinkers. Homework should be well planned, age-appropriate, and provide a meaningful opportunity for learning enhancement of skill practice.
The following daily guidelines have been set up for teachers to use when assigning homework. These daily guidelines will also help to keep parents informed of children’s progress in school.
Kindergarten through second grade: 30 minutes total – 20 minutes of reading plus 10 minutes of other subjects.
Third through fifth grades: 40-60 minutes total – 20 minutes of reading plus 20 to 40 minutes of other subjects.
The 20 minutes of reading is required homework, plus occasional long-term projects. This 20-minute period includes reading of books. Signed reading logs or a verification of at-home reading sent via electronic means are due each week as part of the SFA grade. Please keep in mind that the total homework times are maximum times and should be used as a guideline. On average, students’ homework should not exceed these grade level time guidelines with the awareness that children are already in school for seven hours a day and do have responsibilities and commitments apart from school.
All homework assigned should have clearly stated expectations and should be concise, meaningful, and relevant. Teachers will provide information on units of study, timely grading, and feedback on homework.