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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 students 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 students 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: 10 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: 20 minutes

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

Grades 3: 30 minutes
Grade 4: 40 minutes

For these students this is a time to begin forming habits of regular, short homework.  For students in grades 3 and 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.