First Grade Homework Policy
Homework is a review of topics and skills taught in class and at the same time, it teaches your child responsibility and study skills. You should only help your child understand the directions; not complete the activities nor answer questions for them. If you find your child is struggling with the homework or is taking more than 20 minutes to complete the paper and pencil portion, please contact your child’s teacher immediately so we can work together to help your child be successful.
Here are some key points that you need to know about your child’s homework.
Ø The Homework Assignment Calendar will be sent home every month in the Homework Folder.
Ø Daily assignments are listed for each day of the week. Your child should only do the assignments given for that day. Do not allow your child to complete all of the work in one night. We are trying to instill good study skills.
Ø Math Facts and Reading Log pages will be sent home in the Homework Folder. Your child should complete the week’s assignments and return them in the provided homework folder on Friday* with the signed Homework Verification Form.
Ø Any questions you may have regarding the homework must be asked via email or written note by the end of the each Tuesday.
Ø You are responsible for reviewing your child’s homework for accuracy and completeness.
Ø Please sign the Homework Verification Form to indicate that you have reviewed and checked for completeness and correctness.
Ø There will be 10 minutes of required reading daily. Your signature on the reading log indicates your child has done the daily reading.
Ø There are 5 components of homework: Reading, Spelling, Math, Writing. If any of those components are missing or incomplete, it will be noted on the Homework Verification Form and reflected on your child’s report card with an “N” under “Organizational Skills/Work Habits”.
Ø Grades are as follows:
«= Completed Correctly
¡ = A circle around one or more of the components indicates that it
was not completed or directions were not followed
*In case of absences due to illness, and equal amount of additional time will be given for the homework to be completed. For example, if your child is absent for 3 days, he/she will have up to three extra days to complete the homework from the date of his/her return.
If there is a Monday holiday, then Homework will be sent home on Tuesday. If there is a Friday holiday, then homework is due Thursday.
NEA Reviews of the Research on Best Practices in Education
Found In: teaching strategies
Some researchers are urging schools to take a fresh look at homework and its potential for engaging students and improving student performance. The key, they say, is to take into account grade-specific and developmental factors when determining the amount and kind of homework.
So, what's appropriate? What benefits can be expected? What makes for good homework policies? Research doesn't have all the answers, but a review of some existing data yields some helpful observations and guidance.
How Much Homework Do Students Do?
Survey data and anecdotal evidence show that some students spend hours nightly doing homework. Homework overload is the exception rather than the norm; however, according to research from the Brookings Institution and the Rand Corporation (see the Brown Center 2003 below). Their researchers analyzed data from a variety of sources and concluded that the majority of U.S. students spend less than an hour a day on homework, regardless of grade level, and this has held true for most of the past 50 years. In the last 20 years, homework has increased only in the lower grade levels, and this increase is associated with neutral (and sometimes negative) effects on student achievement.
How Much Is Appropriate?
The National PTA recommendations fall in line with general guidelines suggested by researcher Harris Cooper: 10-20 minutes per night in the first grade, and an additional 10 minutes per grade level thereafter (e.g., 20 minutes for second grade, 120 minutes for twelfth). High school students may sometimes do more, depending on what classes they take (see Review of Educational Research, 2006).
What are the benefits?
Homework usually falls into one of three categories: practice, preparation, or extension. The purpose usually varies by grade. Individualized assignments that tap into students' existing skills or interests can be motivating. At the elementary school level, homework can help students develop study skills and habits and can keep families informed about their child's learning. At the secondary school level, student homework is associated with greater academic achievement. (Review of Educational Research, 2006)
What’s good policy?
Experts advise schools or districts to include teachers, parents, and students in any effort to set homework policies. Policies should address the purposes of homework; amount and frequency; school and teacher responsibilities; student responsibilities; and, the role of parents or others who assist students with homework.
- A Nation At Rest: The American Way of Homework ( PDF, 439 KB, 19 pgs.)
Summary and comments from authors) - Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 25(3) (2003, Fall). Gill, B. P., & Schlossman, S. L.
- Helping Your Child with Homework ( PDF, 378 KB, 25 pgs.)
U.S. Department of Education. (2002). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
- Research Spotlight on Best Practices in Education
A list of NEA Spotlights on best practices.
- NEA Reports & Statistics
Research reports reviewing data on educational issues and policy papers concerning NEA members, educators, and the public school community.