HAPPY HOLLOW HOMEWORK GUIDELINES: Homework is a normal and expected part of school life. Its purpose is to practice class work, to deepen a student’s knowledge about a topic of study and to develop solid work habits where the student learns to manage independent study time. Often, homework is assigned by the teacher with instructions that it be completed by the next day or by a specific, short term due date. Teachers may also assign a packet of homework on a weekly basis with the intention of parts being completed on designed days during the week. In our school’s two upper grades, more involved homework projects may be assigned over several weeks. These will be organized and outlined by teachers with clear instructions as to when each part is due. Teachers will regularly check with students in class about their progress. Depending on the topic and interest of the class or of individual students, a fourth type of homework may be assigned which provides a challenge or an extension of class activities. Teachers will make clear to students and parents as to whether these are mandatory or optional. They will most often be assigned in addition to rather than in place of other regularly assigned homework.
The Parent Connection with Homework Most parents accept the necessity of homework as part of school life. Experience has shown that while homework may be routine for one student, it is sometimes a source of stress and avoidance for others. Teachers are aware no two students approach any assignment the same way. Parents play a crucial role in the homework/school alliance by creating an atmosphere of support. Establishing a homework routine, a space for study and a set of ground rules are key at the beginning of the year. This may include variables such as playtime, television, telephone use and other recreational out-of-school factors. These ground rules are best when they are worked out jointly between parent and child. They should be reviewed regularly with the intent of becoming an integral part of home life.Parents can best help children with homework when they coach, encourage or assist by clarifying instructions. They should not do the homework for their child, nor should they sit with or hover over the child for the entire time. The goal is to gradually lead children to a place of greater independence. This growth develops slowly and it requires patience and practice.
Grade 3 - Third grade is a transition year for homework. Each evening will include independent reading, at least one other subject, and regular skills practice. As the year progresses, the demands and expectations in terms of time and content will increase. Occasionally, long-term projects are assigned which will be broken down into small units and checked by the classroom teacher.