STUDY HABITS AND HOMEWORK
It is very important
to establish the habit of having a set homework time. If your child
knows this schedule and realizes it will be kept, their study habits will
improve. This will be of great benefit to your child for years to
come. A schedule of at least 30 minutes should be set aside for each
evening. The time may change from evening to evening, as long as
it is kept regularly.
children will say they have no homework when in fact they do. If
they know that the study time will be kept regardless of whether they remember
their homework or not, it will soon be worth their effort to remember the
If your child
says they have no homework they can always:
to their regular nightly homework routine, children should have some time
set aside to read.
practice spelling words by writing sentences using the words
practice Math addition, subtraction and multiplication facts
read an information book
write a story
review the material we have covered in school for Science
or Social Studies.
Homework is expected to be done when it is assigned.
Homework is given to: 1) review information
2) review skills
3) practice new skills
4) complete long term projects such as reports
5) study for tests
6) complete unfinished class work
will be collected and graded/checked. Parents are encouraged to look
over homework and offer help when needed. Please write notes on papers
if you feel it would be helpful for me to know your child had difficulty
with an assignment.
When is homework time?
Fill in the schedule together and keep it faithfully.
A HOMEWORK ROUTINE
1. If they do not voluntarily offer, please ask to
see your child's assignment book. Check to see that homework is completed
and initialize the assignment book entries. If your child does not
have their assignment book, something is wrong. Decide together what
will happen if your student comes home without the assignment book, or
if there are no entries written for the day. What will the home consequence
be for not having a completed assignment book?
2. Go through your child's TAKE HOME FOLDER to remove
graded papers and notes from school. Please look for possible notes
from me written on graded papers.
3. Backpacks should be packed when homework is completed,
or before your child goes to bed. This will avoid early morning confusion
and reduce the number of "forgotten" items.
1. It may not be possible to go over the completed
papers your child brings home nightly, but it would be very helpful if
your child knows there is one night each week when you will go over their
papers with them. Look for notes from the teacher, or common mistakes
that seem to appear again and again. Talk about these with your child.
2. Help your child clean out their backpacks on
a regular basis. Please do not do this for them. There may
be something in there the child knows he or she will need at a later date.
If your child knows you are going to "help" with this task once a week,
it will eliminate the problem of "toys" or inappropriate, distracting items
coming to school.
1. Review what your child has accomplished during the
month. Has there been an improvement in handwriting? Have test
or quiz scores improved? Have assignment book entries become more
complete? Is a reasonable reward for a job well done in order?
Decide together what a reasonable reward for good work (or real signs of
improvement) might be. If possible, choose rewards that are activity-oriented.
Write down the possible reward choices that are agreeable for both the
student and parents.
A PLACE TO STUDY
is time to do homework, a quiet area is best. The place where your
child does homework should be away from the TV or other distractions.
child can work very well on their own, they may want to do homework in
their bedroom. If you know your child cannot work alone without getting
into other things, then try to find a spot where you can watch them — perhaps
a quiet corner of the living room with the television off where you can
see them as dinner is being made. You do not need to sit down beside
them as they work. Many families do not have the time to do this
nightly, and it is not teaching the child to work independently.
Ask to see the work once it has been completed and before it is put in
the backpack. Is it complete?
basic materials should be kept on hand. A shoe box will do just fine
if there is not a desk drawer available. However, the box should
be used only for homework materials. It will be helpful if
this could include extra paper, pencils, erasers, a student dictionary,
and a ruler.