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September 20, 2013

We just completed the fourth week of school and I know that homework has increased for many grades. The word homework brings an assortment of feelings to different people. Some people argue that there is too much homework; others that there is not enough.

Homework in the elementary schools aims to reinforce skills or study habits and allows for parent involvement with their child's work. In the early primary grades almost all children need their parents' help to complete their work. In the upper elementary grades students are encouraged to do more work independently. 

You can help your child and the teacher by watching the time your child spends on homework. Some children work faster than others and some assignments are longer than others. But if your child is spending hours every night on homework check for:

  • Distractions: Is your child studying in a quiet, well-lit place? Don't let television, phone calls, or siblings distract him or her from completing the work.
  • Tools: Does your child have the tools needed to complete the assignment? (i.e., paper, pen, dictionary)
  • Attitude: The attitudes of children are often affected by the attitudes of parents. Children need to see that you support your child's need to complete both schoolwork and homework.

An occasional homework overload is normal, but if you have concerns about the amount of time your child is spending on his or her homework, see your child's teacher.

In the upper grades students have assignment notebooks. This helps the students stay organized and a place parents can check or write messages to the teacher about homework. In the primary grades teachers develop a system for communication about homework.

September 20, Newsletter