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Homework

PURPOSE OF HOMEWORK

  1. To reinforce skills through drill.
  2. To reinforce material covered in class by review.
  3. To provide the pupil with a method for reflecting on ideas presented in the classroom.
  4. To provide a means for developing desirable habits such as completing work on time, budgeting one’s time, and promoting growth in responsibility.
  5. To introduce new work as a prerequisite for meaningful discussion.
  6. To bring pupils into contact with out-of-school resources.
  7. To allow for differences in the ability, achievement, and interests of the pupils.
  8. To provide a means by which parents can see what is taking place in school.

TYPES OF HOMEWORK ACTIVITIES

  1. Continuation of work begun in class.
  2. Drill in fundamental skills.
  3. Review of material.
  4. Research for long-term projects.
  5. Gathering of materials and a systematic presentation.
  6. Purposeful seeking for ideas and information through observation of the world around us.
  7. Using resources such as textbooks, library materials, reference works, and recreational reading.
  8. Make-up of essential and appropriate work missed due to absence.

LENGTH OF HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

Length of the assignments will vary according to individuals and grade level.  The following is only a general idea of what is expected in the Warwick Valley Central Schools:

Grades K – 1 (ten minutes)

Nothing is assigned regularly.  At times, pupils are asked to complete something that is started in class.  Special assignments are given certain pupils as the need arises.  Vocabulary words are sent home regularly.  Individual teachers will inform you of their procedures.

Grade 2 (twenty minutes)

Reading vocabulary and spelling words for correct spelling for review will be sent as homework on a regular basis.  Practice drills of math facts and research projects are typical second grade homework activities.

Grades 3 – 4 (Third Grade:  30 minutes, Fourth Grade:  40 minutes)

For these students this is a time to begin forming habits of regular, short homework.  For students in grades 3 – 4, regularly assigned work should take from one-half hour to one hour each evening or before school to complete.  At times, assignments of recreational reading are made.

Teachers will involve you in their expectations.  Encourage reading at home.

THE “HOME” IN HOMEWORK

  1. Support your children’s efforts, but don’t do their work.  Check with their teachers to see what kind of help is expected.
  2. Set a regular time every day for homework.
  3. Establish a regular place for daily homework.
  4. Attempt to understand and respect your child’s individual learning style.  There is no right or wrong way to learn.
  5. Make sure that your child has all of the necessary supplies for homework.  This will show that you take his/her work seriously.
  6. If possible, make homework time a time for the whole family to pursue quiet activities.
  7. Focus on the positive when you review your child’s work.
  8. Model the behavior you want to see in your child.  Make sure that your child sees reading, writing, and working at things that require effort.
  9. Establish a routine for placement of homework in your child’s school bag for return to school.

Warwick Valley Central School District recognizes and emphasizes the importance of reading as a means of self-education.
Pupils should be continuously encouraged to pursue this activity.