Now that we have had a chance to settle into the routine of the school year, students will have regular homework in both reading and math. My philosophy regarding homework is that it should, for the most part, be based on a skill that a child can practice independently.
- Reading – students are expected to read outside of the school day at least 100 minutes per week. Ideally, this would be spread out throughout several days during the week. Your child should have a reading calendar in his or her take-home folder. Each day, your child should write down the number of minutes spent reading at home and ask you to initial the calendar. I understand that families have many time commitments and that students need flexibility and choice regarding which days will work best for them to complete their reading. With that in mind, I will be checking reading logs every Monday.
- Math – students are expected to complete at least five minutes of math fact fluency practice outside of the school day Monday through Thursday. As the concepts covered become more complex, fact fluency is key to students’ success in math.
Occasionally we will have other homework as well as quizzes or tests for which students will need to review. In his or her take-home folder, your child has a weekly agenda. We take time to fill this out together at the end of each day. Please take a few minutes each day to look over the agenda with your child. You can also view the agenda on the blog by clicking on the weekly agenda tab near the top of the page.