Homework

Homework assignments in our class help reinforce and extend what your child has learned in class, provide additional practice, and help your child develop good study habits. My hope is for homework assignments to be valuable for your child and easy for families to manage. 

 

Please check your child’s homework agenda every night. The agendas are used to record assignments and important upcoming events and dates, so it is crucial for you to look at it daily for us to maintain two-way communication. I encourage you to look at your child’s homework, rather than ask if it was done, and make sure the work your child shows you matches up with the assignments written in the agenda—sometimes a key element has been left out. You don’t need to check each and every problem for accuracy, but if you skim over the work and notice glaring errors (like missing information on a reading log or worksheet), it’s appropriate to ask your child to make corrections. Homework is assigned Monday - Friday nights. Homework should take students about 30 minutes to complete. If your child consistently needs more than 30 minutes on a typical night to complete homework (including independent reading), please let me know.

 

Please note that I DO grade homework completion on the 21st century competencies section on the report card, but I do not include homework grades in academic content areas because they are for practice purposes, not assessment. I check to make sure that work is completed and note inaccuracies so that I can address specific problems with students in small group settings or individually as needed. Occasionally true emergencies come up and students are unable to complete their homework assignments on time. Please write a quick note or send a quick email to let me know if this is the case. If this is the case, your child can return homework the next day instead. No worries--emergencies never count negatively towards these grades! I understand that life throws curve balls.

 

Students should be reading for a minimum of 20 minutes each night and can read any text (unless they have a book club assignment from school that they still need to finish). They should record their reading each night on their reading log and hand it in the next day. Students will also have a special homework page sent home most nights to help them focus on specific reading skills, and they are responsible for completing that work every night. The last 10 minutes of homework each night will usually be composed of math practice on the website Freckle, unfinished work, or a math worksheet.


Finally, let me remind you that you are encouraged to send me an email at marla.fruhling@ww-p.org if your child is spending too much time on homework, is unable to complete the assignments independently, or is not benefitting from the homework as deeply as you’d like. I want homework to be a stress-free experience for your family, so let me know if there any issues. I am SO happy to modify homework when it’s needed!!