Primary Homework Guidelines
Literacy and Mathematics are the very foundation of primary education. The focus for learning in primary grades is on learning how to read, write, use reading strategies effectively and independently, and problem solve and compute mathematical situations.
Parents of students in Primary Grades (Kindergarten-Grade 2) should expect their child to have literacy and/or math homework every night. In addition, students should also be reading every day, either independently or read aloud to by parents. Any student struggling in reading or math should review sight words, letter sounds and math facts every night.
Homework is meant to be extra practice and an extension of lessons already taught. At a primary grade level, homework is meant to be guided practice, not independent work. If your child is struggling with homework material, don’t be afraid to help! Set aside a specific time for homework and get into a routine of doing it in a quiet, distraction-free environment every night. Help your child get into a homework routine, such as having your child begin by writing their name on the paper and reading directions before starting, and by having a designated spot and set amount of time.
Intermediate Grade Homework Guidelines
Homework is an important part of your child’s education. When related directly to the daily curriculum, homework can be beneficial by providing practice of skills and processes taught in the classroom. It can aid in the development of responsibility on the part of the student, and in the development of self discipline and work habits. Homework is truly an extension of the classroom, providing every student with the opportunity for enhanced learning.
Students will always have assigned independent practice work in Math and Literacy, and should read at least twenty minutes each night. Students should regularly study math facts, vocabulary, spelling and class notes.
Middle School Homework Guidelines
At St. Peter R.C. Middle School, the faculty believe that homework is an important and integral part of the educational program. Homework enhances learning and supports life-long learning by developing opportunities for learning outside the classroom and by developing responsibility and time management skills.
We believe homework helps to:
- Develop concentration out of the formal school environment, which is important preparation for high school and beyond
- Extend lessons, enhance skills and reveal areas which need more work
- Involve parents in their child’s learning (including individual learning plans or home/school agreements)
- Develop independent learning skills and help children establish a routine for future success
- Teach students to manage their time effectively in the middle school so he/she will gain the skills and habits necessary to be successful in high school where the work will be more demanding with a strong need for time management skills
Purpose of the Policy
- Ensure that all parties (teachers, parents/guardians and children) understand the purpose of homework and appreciate its value
- All parties have a clearly defined role in making it effective
- Expectations in terms of resources and time allocations are clear
- Homework is progressive and forms an integral part of the learning process
- There is a consistent approach to homework throughout the middle school.
Time should be set aside for homework each evening. Each grade level will be expected to allot the following time period to homework. All students should have a quiet, uncluttered area to complete assignments and a regular time set aside for study, reading, writing and research-based activities.
6th grade: 60-80 minutes
7th grade: 70-90 minutes
8th grade: 80-100 minutes
These times are an average. Sometimes there will be more than the average time period and sometimes less. We encourage parents to have students stick to their schedule even when there is less or no assigned homework for that evening. Students should always spend time reviewing notes, studying vocabulary, practicing math problems or reading one of the 25 books St. Peter’s and the state expects students to read each year.
Since students have a least five subjects, on average these time guidelines allow only about 10-20 minutes of homework per class. Longer assignments are usually given multiple days to complete. When students have an assignment with an extended due date, such as: papers, projects, packets or maps, please reinforce the need to work on it a little bit every day. As with studying for a test, trouble will ensue if students leave everything to the night before. Students are usually told a week in advance regarding tests, but should be reviewing notes and vocabulary consistently throughout to ensure learning for life as compared to memorizing for the test.
Parents are encouraged to check student work and assist now and then, but middle school students are capable of completing their assignments on their own and would do better with a quiet space. It’s preferable to bring an incomplete assignment back with a note explaining lack of understanding than for parents to assist so much that the teachers are then unaware there was any problem.
As always, if parents determine there is an ongoing issue with students unable to finish homework within these guidelines, teachers should be notified. Individual learning plans and/or home/school agreements can be arranged. Teachers need to be informed in order for modifications to be made.