Homework Policy
Homework Policy

     In Kindergarten, homework is not mandatory. However, I feel it is a great way to stay connected to what your child is learning, as well as to enrich the skills being taught in our curriculum.  Therefore, from time to time, your child will be bringing home an assignment stamped with the word "Homework" on top.  This should be completed and returned (via your child's communication folder) on the following school day.  In addition to the work sent home, your child should practice the "Power Words" (sight word vocabulary) and reading books at his/her independent reading level.  Reading to your child each day is also very helpful!  Please follow the tips below:

  • Have your child complete all work in PENCIL, unless indicated or when adding illustrations.
  • Find a special spot in your home that can be a designated area for completing homework.

  • Arrange for a certain time of day for homework to be completed.

  • Guide your child through the homework, but please refrain from doing it for them. Most of these assignments should not take more than 15 minutes and should not be frustrating for your child.
  • Spelling can be frustrating in the beginning of the year, but resist the urge to spell for your child. Please let your child stretch or sound out words on his or her own. Inventive spelling is the type of writing your child will be taught to use independently in school.  Sight word vocabulary (see below) is the exception and must be spelled accurately.

  • Please assist your child in attending to details such as neat handwriting and coloring. Encourage him/her to do the very best work possible!
  • When reading to your child (or when your child reads to you), please ask your child to retell the main events in sequential order.  Ask your child inferential questions such as "How would you feel if...." or "What would happen if....".  Please remember, the MOST important part of reading is remembering and understanding the story.  
  • Define vocabulary words that may be new to your child.
  • Practice and master self-help skills such as zipping, buttoning, and tying.  
  • Practice opening snack containers and packaging.
  • Practice careful and accurate drawing and coloring.  Kindergartners should be learning how to take pride in their work! People should be represented by a head, body, and limbs rather than a circle and 4 sticks or lines.
  • Practice proper pencil grips. Kindergartners should be holding their pencils using a tri-pod grip (thumb, pointer, middle fingers) and should be resting the fleshy, side portion of their hands on the paper rather than hovering over the paper.
  • Practice writing both upper and lower case letters.  Letter writing should always start at the top and move in a downward direction.  Correct writers that start from the bottom line and move upward.
  • Practice the proper grip for holding a pair of scissors.  Give cutting a "thumbs up!" The thumb should always be in the top hole of the scissors.
  • Practice reading sight word vocabulary.  We call these Power Words in our classroom:
   
The following is a list of SOME of our classroom Power Words.  Your child should be able to read/spell most, if not all, of these by the end of kindergarten.
a, an, and, at, be, by, can, did, do, for, get, go, had, has, have, here, I, in, is, it, me, my, not, see, so, the, then, there, this, we, went, what, when, who, where, you.

Color Words: red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple, pink, black, brown, white, gray

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It is so important that your child is excited about homework! It is a way for them to hone the skills taught in school and for you to see where they are excelling and where they may need help.  Please make a note on your chid's homework sheet if he/she has expressed frustration during an assignment.

Thanks so much for your support!!