• HOMEWORK ROUTINES

     As you can imagine, reading is a huge part of First Grade homework.  Your child will bring home a book baggie with "just right and choice" books.  Please be sure to read each night with your child.  You can have your child read to you, you can read to him/her,  or you can read together!  Celebrate his/her accomplishments and remember to support their reading with valuable "book talk."

     In addition to reading, math assignments will also be given. This serves as a review of daily concepts covered in school.  Homework is always reviewed before being sent home but sometimes little ones forget what to do. Please help your child by reading the directions to the math sheet if they are unsure.  
    Generally, homework should take between 10-15 minutes.  There should never be any STRESS when it comes to hw.  If your child is having difficulty, please STOP and send in a note.  I will be happy to follow-up in the classroom.  Below are some helpful tips for making homework "stress free."
     
    Helpful Tips for Homework Routines

    Tasks are easiest to accomplish when tied to specific routines. By establishing daily routines for homework completion, you will not only make homework go more smoothly, but you will also be fostering a sense of order your child can apply to later life. 

     
     

    Step 1. Find a location in the house where homework will be done. The right location will depend on your child and the culture of your family. Some children do best at a desk in their bedroom. It is a quiet location, away from the hubbub of family noise. Other children become too distracted by the things they keep in their bedroom and do better at a place removed from those distractions, like the dining room table. Some children need to work by themselves. Others need to have parents nearby to help keep them on task and to answer questions when problems arise. Ask your child where the best place is to work. Both you and your child need to discuss pros and cons of different settings to arrive at a mutually agreed upon location.

     

    Step 2. Set up a homework center. Once you and your child have identified a location, fix it up as a home office/homework center. Make sure there is a clear workspace large enough to set out all the materials necessary for completing assignments. Outfit the homework center with the kinds of supplies your child is most likely to need, such as pencils, crayons, scissors, glue, and paper. If the homework center is a place that will be used for other things (such as the dining room table), then your child can keep the supplies in a portable crate or bin. If possible, the homework center should include a monthly calendar on which your child can keep track of letter days and specials.
     

    Step 3. Establish a homework time. Your child should get in the habit of doing homework at the same time every day. The time may vary depending on the individual child. Some children need a break right after school to get some exercise and have a snack. Others need to start homework while they are still in a school mode (i.e., right after school when there is still some momentum left from getting through the day). In general, it may be best to get homework done either before dinner or as early in the evening as the child can tolerate. The later it gets, the more tired the child becomes and the more slowly the homework gets done. You should review all the assignments and make sure your child understands them and has all the necessary materials.

    (See http://www.nasponline.org/resources/home_school/homework.aspx  for more helpful tips)