Homework

K/1

  • How much/when –Students will complete almost all of their work during class. There are a couple of at-home projects, with which parents are often heavily involved.
  • Where to find out about assignments – Most communications happen via parent mailboxes, by checking in with teachers at drop-off or pick-up, or via Weekly Newsletters. Copies of the Weekly Newsletters are now available online. You can also find out about assignments at September’s curriculum night.

2/3

  • Planners – This is the grade level when the students start using a planner and bring it home every night for their parent to sign. This starts the routine of using the planner.
  • How much/when – Weekly homework sheet that records reading, math practice and spelling practice (there are expectations about how much each week). Third grade homework also has a writing component. There are a few larger projects with at-home components.
  • Where to find out about assignments – Through the teacher blogs, in student planners, at September curriculum night
  • Tip from a family –> Find creative ways to infuse math concepts into the everyday. We once spent a whole dinner discussion doing the “math” on the back of the ketchup bottle. ie- how big a serving? How many servings in the bottle, how many servings needed in the recipe on the back, etc… Also, our kid sometimes likes to read down a level. It’s just easier (of course) or the content is the motivating factor. It’s important that the 20-30 minutes of reading to count as homework is at the right guided reading level. What I appreciate about the homework format for middle elementary is the built in flexibility.

4/5

  • Planners — Become more important at the 4/5 level. Students are expected to record the assignments and due dates in their planner.
  • How much/when –Both daily (ex.: math and reading) and weekly (ex.: news article summaries) . There are a few larger projects with at-home components.
  • Where to find out about assignments – Through the teacher blogs, in student planners, at September curriculum night

Middle School

  • Planners — Are crucial to recording assignments, due dates, and other deadlines. Students also heavily rely on Google Classroom keep track of assignments.
  • How much/when –There is a big jump in the amount of homework, with short-, medium-, and long-term assignments. Homework is assigned regularly throughout the week and over the weekend.
  • Where to find out about assignments – Everything is on Google Classroom and the Middle School website. Students are expected to take the lead in being responsible for completing assignments.

Band

  • How much/when – 5th grade students are expected to practice their instruments for 90 minutes per week. Middle School students are expected to practice for 60 minutes per week.

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2 responses to “Homework

  1. I would add at the 2/3 level- find creative ways to infuse math concepts into the everyday. We once spent a whole dinner discussion doing the “math” on the back of the ketchup bottle. ie- how big a serving? How many servings in the bottle, how many servings needed in the recipe on the back, etc… Also, our kid sometimes likes to read down a level. It’s just easier (of course) or the content is the motivating factor. It’s important that the 20-30 minutes of reading to count as homework is at the right guided reading level. What I appreciate about the homework format for middle elementary is the built in flexibility.

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