Good sense and an understanding of learning needs must be used in assessing the amount of homework done each night. It is important that the location at which the work is to be done be consistent, well lit, supervised and free from distractions. If a child has made a genuine effort and has not completed the work, or if extenuating circumstances prevent work from being done, a parental note explaining the situation will often avoid a loss of marks and will help analyze difficulties. This type of communication can be very effective, particularly when written in the student’s agenda. This will help to maintain a record of the concerns over the year.
Homework is not regularly assigned and should not be more than 30 minutes in any instance. Nightly reading, or being read to, number fact games/drill, alphabet recall, printing and story re-telling are effective ways for students to improve their skill, reinforce the day’s lessons, begin a good nightly routine of “homework” expectations and involve parents in the school process of learning.
Thirty to forty-five minutes per day of homework and subject review will help complete daily work, maintain and improve student performance and set an excellent routine in place for later years in school. Notebook organization subject review, number fact drill and reading should occur regularly. Preparation for tests and long term assignments need to be scheduled to meet due dates by using the student’s agenda. Students may need their parents to help them budget their time wisely.
REMEMBER: THE ONLY TIME THAT SUCCESS COMES BEFORE WORK, IS IN THE DICTIONARY!!!