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First Grade Homework

First Graders will receive a monthly Homework Calendar and monthly Homework Journal. The Calendar describes the nightly homework tasks that are assigned, and the Journal includes a Reading Log to record your nightly reading along with other resources needed to complete the homework assignments. Please keep your child's homework folder at home and return it to school on the last school day of the month. It is important that note that our Homework assignments adhere to the Homework Policy adopted by the Westerly School Committee, as described in the 2016-2017 Student Handbook:

Westerly Public Schools Grades Pre-K-4 Student Expectation Handbook
2016-2017, pages 15-16:

How to Be a Homework Helper Tips for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers©

Children who do homework regularly are more likely to succeed in school. The following describes ways for you to support and encourage your child to accept homework as a fact of life and get it done!

 1. Communicate your belief that homework is an important part of learning. When you show that you're serious about homework, your child will take it more seriously.
2. Guidelines for homework:
· For children in the primary grades (K-3): average of 15-30 minutes;

· For children in the upper elementary grades (grade 4): average of 45 minutes;
· Also, an additional 20 minutes of reading or being read to.
3. Work with your child to establish a homework schedule and do your part to honor it.
4. Provide a place where your child can work. It should be comfortable, adequately lit and free from distractions. Give your child some choices. If she wants to listen to soft instrumental music, sit on the floor or work in low light, that's okay-as long as she works for the expected amount of time and keeps up with the teacher's expectations. If these conditions are not met, she should do her homework at a table or desk in a quiet place until her work improves. When favorable reports start coming home from the teacher, let your child make choices again about the homework environment.
5. Create a “homework kit”. Include pencils, rulers, glue, tape, erasers, a dictionary, a thesaurus, etc.-any materials your child needs to do homework. Keep everything together in a plastic storage bin or tote. Put smaller items in a zippered case.
6. Remember that your child's homework is his responsibility, not yours! You are only responsible for providing a place where he can work and for making sure that he isn't interrupted. Monitor incoming phone calls and don't allow visitors.

What if your child “forgets” her homework? Or what if the teacher doesn't give any homework on a particular day? Your child should use her regularly scheduled homework time to work on some other type of learning activity. Examples: looking at a newspaper, reading a book or a magazine, watching a TV program with an educational focus, writing a story or learning about a topic that interests her. 

 Copyright @ 1996 by Susan Winebrenner, Free Spirit Publishing Inc. This page may be photocopied.