My Thoughts Regarding Homework
I assign a minimal amount of traditional homework to students during grade 4 for a number of reasons.
- Students work hard during the school day and deserve to have the rest of their day to relax, play, spend time with family and friends, and pursue personal interests.
- Today’s families are involved in an increasing number of extra-curricular activities that often don’t leave time for children to complete extra school work. This often creates undue stress on children and parents.
- Work completed at home can’t be used for accurate assessment because conditions at home are different than at school. When we complete a task at school, I am able to evaluate the amount and type of help I give students and areas of difficulty.
- Studies suggest that homework assigned during the early years does not increase learning or school success.
Other homework will relate to work that we are doing at school. This might include:
- Talking with family members to gather information on a subject we are studying.
- Gathering materials needed for a project.
- Exploring a topic that was discussed in class and interests the child.
- Studying for a test.
There are a few tasks that I hope ALL students will spend time doing as often as they can.
- Read for enjoyment every day. Students may read anything of their and your choosing. I encourage students to take Accelerated Reader quizzes on the books they read.
- Practice basic math facts. Our goal is to be able to look at an equation and immediately say the answer; like one would do when reading a word. Having to pause to count on fingers, causes the student to lose his/her rhythm when solving computation questions with larger numbers.
- Review Words Their Way spelling words (sent home every two weeks).
- Visiting the class website to explore current units, photos, etc.
- Showing family members their work in Google Drive.