Why I Give Homework

Homework is an important part of being in first grade. The good habits your child establishes now will most likely carry thoughout their academic career. Therefore, homework in first grade has two purposes: It provides an opportunity to establish good practices and it reinforces skills taught in class.

Homework should take your first grader approximately 15-20 minutes each night to complete. Your child should be fairly independent in completing their homework, as I go over what is expected at the end of each day. Also, because it will always be "a taste of what we did in class," the skills and concepts needed to complete the homework should be familiar to your child. If your child is confused, or is taking longer than 20 minutes to complete the assignment, please write me a note and attach it to the homework. Draw a line to show me what your child accomplished in 20 minutes. Try to keep homework time as positive and stress-free as possible.

Along with the assignments, your first grader should be engaged in 10-15 minutes of pleasurable reading each day. This includes your child reading to you, you reading to your child and/or shared reading. Again, this time should be positive and stress-free.

What to Expect

Homework will begin in the second or third week of school. At first, the assignments will be geared toward "how to do homework."

After we get rolling, this is what it will usually look like:

Monday- Handwriting/Phonics (review/practice)

Tuesday- Math (reinforcement of skills and concepts)

Wednesday- No homework (your child should still read)

Thursday- Reading and/or Poetry Binders

Friday- Have a great weekend!

**Blue Moons- Once in a "blue moon" we will have a homework-free day!

***Because homework directly relates to what is being taught in class, it is impossible for me to make up "homework packets" for vacations and other missed school days. If your child misses school, for any reason, we will collect all work in "Absent Folders," to be completed after your child returns.

Ways to Help Your Child With Homework

1. Help your child find a quiet, well-lit area to work. The same place every day is usually best.

2. Keep supplies handy: sharpened pencils, erasers, markers, crayons scissors, glue, ruler, etc.

3. Pick a homework time and be consistent.

4. Let your child do his/her own homework; it can be checked to see that it's finished, but refrain from having them change answers to make them all correct. If your child is having a lot of trouble with the homework assignment, please write me a note to let me know.

5. Make homework a priority. It needs to be more important than TV, playdates, sports, etc.

What Your Child Can Practice To Be Ready for First Grade

1. Identify and write the letters of the alphabet, upper and lower case.

2. Write full name, first and last, using upper case letters at the beginning only.

3. Know your birthday- date and year.

4. Know your address: house number, street, town, state and country.

5. Identify and write numbers 1-10.

6. Recognize own name.

7. Know your phone number.

8. Know your shapes: circle, square, rectangle, triangle

9. Know your colors: red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple, pink, brown, black and white.

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