Home Learning: Fidalgo Elementary Homework Policy
Homework is a tool for students to:
Homework Time Guidelines
4-5 nights a week
- develop positive work habits, including the habit of daily reading
- practice skills learned during the school day
- independently apply skills learned – a meaningful
extension of what was learned in class
- regularly communicate with parents what they are
learning in school
- First through third grade: 10 to 30 minutes
- Fourth through sixth grades: 40-60 minutes
These total homework times are maximum times and should be used as a guideline. Generally, students' homework should not exceed these grade level time guidelines. However, students who do not utilize their time well during the school day may be asked to complete work at home in addition to their homework assignments.
Additionally, Fidalgo has 20 minutes of required reading each school night (15 minutes for K). This can include reading aloud to your children. Parents are asked to verify this reading by signing the student’s reading log.
By working together (parent, student and teacher), we can decrease any tension associated with homework and increase student learning. Please read and discuss the following with your child:
The Student’s Role:
- Listen carefully to the teacher during lessons so I understand assignments
- Read or be read to at least 20 minutes a night (15 for kindergarten)
- Remind my parent to sign my reading log
- Complete my homework daily and put it in my notebook, binder or PeeChee
- Do my best work at all times
- Start my homework without being reminded to
- Practice and review my math facts until they are automatic
The Parent’s Role:
- Provide a place to do homework. If possible, your child should do his/her homework in the same place (a quiet, uncluttered space that is free of interruptions and has necessary supplies).
- Establish a schedule for completing homework that fits in with each week’s particular activities.
- Acknowledge effort, encourage, motivate and prompt. It is not a good idea to sit with your child and do homework with him/her. Instead, check in periodically to monitor and acknowledge progress made. Your child needs to practice independently and to apply what was learned in class.
- Help your child self-assess his learning. When your child is practicing a skill, ask which steps he/she finds difficult and easy, and how your child plans to improve speed and accuracy. If your child is working on a project, ask what knowledge he/she is using to complete the work.
- Contact the teacher if there are problems. If your child consistently cannot complete homework assignments alone, or is spending an excessive amount of time on homework, please notify the teacher right away.
- Make sure that your child reads or is read to every day (at least 15 minutes for kindergarten, 20 minutes for grades 1-6), and sign your child’s reading log.
- Help your child to practice and review math facts (at the appropriate grade levels).
- Show an interest in the topics studied, and encourage your child to think positively about the learning.
- Honor bedtime. When it is time to go to bed, please stop your child, even if homework is not finished.
The Teacher’s Role:
- Assign homework assignments that:
- give students practice with the skills learned during the school day, or
- provide students opportunity to extend and apply what they learned
- Provide timely feedback on homework
- Contact the parent if there is a pattern of missing assignments
- Modify homework as necessary to accommodate individual needs