Agenda and Homework
Parents, please make homework a top priority by
scheduling 45 to 50 minutes each day for your child to read, study spelling,
review multiplication facts, and complete class work and homework. Children need
routine and structure to be successful.
Before your child begins his/her nightly
assignments, check his/her agenda for the following:
Be sure your
child is writing down homework assignments.
Check for notes
home. Read them, respond if requested, and place them back under the clip in the
these can be positive or negative
Work to be
completed - homework or incomplete class work.
**After checking, please don't forget to sign
your name on the appropriate day.**
Please note: If your child
is bringing home a lot of extra work to complete each day, this could be a sign that
he/she is not using time wisely at school.
Rationale for assigning Homework:
Homework is important because it teaches
responsibility and helps students develop good study habits. In addition,
homework helps to reinforce lessons that have been learned in class, and helps
prepare students for upcoming lessons and tests.
Usually, written homework should not take more than
minutes a night. In addition, time should be set aside daily for independent
reading, studying spelling, and studying math facts.
Please encourage your child to do his/her best
work. Homework should be neat. All written work should be done in pencil.
Homework will not be accepted if written in pen, crayon, marker, etc. When
completing work on notebook paper the heading should include name, date,
subject, and the name of the assignment.
When is Homework Assigned?:
Homework is assigned every day of the week.
Students will have spelling and math homework on Monday - Thursday. Students should
study spelling, math facts, and read on a daily basis. This does not have to
take a long time. Just 10 or 15 minutes a day spent reviewing spelling and math
facts can significantly help your child's performance on tests.
If for some reason no homework is assigned on a
designated homework day, your child should still spend some time reading or
When the Student Doesn't Know the
Homework assignments are written on the board
each day, and ample time is given to write down the assignment. I spot check and
initial agendas as the students are writing down the assignments each morning.
If your child does not come to class before 7:50 a.m., I may not get to check
his/her agenda. In addition, I always go over the homework assignments
each day, and remind the students of what they need to bring home. The students are
reminded several times during the day about their homework assignments and the
materials or books they will need that night. There is no excuse for a
student not knowing the homework assignment, or for not having the proper
supplies at home to complete it.
Expectations for Turning in Homework
If for some reason (sickness, emergencies, etc.)
a student is unable to complete homework, please write a note, and the
assignment will be excused until the next day or longer if needed. However,
please don't write a note asking for more time to complete homework if the
reason is due to lack of materials, extracurricular activities, or because your child didn't write down the
assignment. Please remember, this will hurt your child in the long run because
it sends the message that it is okay to not pay attention when we are going over
homework and/or when we are packing book bags. When students face the consequences of their actions it helps to
prepare them to become more responsible, independent workers in the future.
know this is hard. Please work with me on this.)
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