Homework and Reading

  • Why homework is assigned:
    Homework is important because it is a valuable tool that helps students make the most of their experience in school.  I give homework because it is useful in reinforcing what has been learned in class, prepares students for upcoming lessons, teaches responsibility and helps students develop positive study habits.

    When homework will be assigned:
    Homework will usually be assigned Monday through Thursday nights.  Assignments should take students no more than 30 minutes to complete each night.  Typically, Monday's homework is a spelling/writing assignment, Tuesday reading, Wednesday math, and for Thursday, study for Friday's math facts test.  There will be special projects that will sometimes replace typical assignments, such as reports. 

    In addition to these routines, students should make a daily routine of reading at least 20 minutes, and will have incentives throughout the year such as Book-It! (This daily reading routine is part of a school wide commitment to have every child at Kaegebein participate.)  Children can read independently (as long as it is at their reading level), with a parent or caregiver, or be read to.

    Why reading at home is important:
    Parents are urged to read to and with their children every day.  For those children who already are successful readers, parents can also listen to their children read and respond with praise and encouragement.  Research has shown that children who are read to regularly at home by their parents are more likely to find early success in reading than children who are not provided such opportunities (Delores Durkin 1966).  they ten to have more positive attitudes toward reading, and they develop their comprehension abilities and vocabulary.  Being read to by a fluent adult also provides students with a model of what reading aloud should sound like.

    Children should also be given opportunities to read on their own.  They become better readers simply by getting more opportunities to read.

    Student's homework responsibilities
    Students will write their assignments down in their student agendas, and they need to have their agendas checked by the teacher every day before going home. 
    Students are expected to do their best hob on their homework.  It should be neat and written in pencil, unless crayons are needed for specific tasks.  Students should work independently (with exceptions to reading) and only ask for help after they have given it their best effort. 

    Parents homework responsibilities
    Parents are the key to making homework a positive experience for their children.  Therefore, parents are asked to make homework  a top priority, provide necessary supplies and a quiet homework environment, set a daily homework time, and provide praise and support.  Please check over your child's agenda each day and sign your initials next to each day's assignment.  In addition, parents or appropriate caregivers are asked to log the number of minutes read in the monthly section of the child's agenda along with their initials.  The agenda is a place to jot down notes, so checking it consistently will ensure good communication between us.  You are also welcome and encouraged to initial any homework after its completion as an indication that you, a type of 'quality control', have checked it for accuracy!

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