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A Monday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

September 30, 2013

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love when the cool mornings arrive and the leaves on the trees begin to change into beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange. October is near and hopefully that means we have fallen into our daily routines: waking up, getting to school, and participating in after school and evening activities. Returning to a new school year can create extra stress, especially when homework begins.

The word homework alone brings an assortment of feelings, including anxiety. We hope we have created a homework policy that helps balance school work and family time. The homework we assign aims to reinforce skills and help students learn better study habits. In the early primary grades, almost all children need their parents' help to complete their work. In the middle and upper elementary grades students are encouraged to do more work independently.

Fourth graders should expect up to 40 minutes of homework per night, 30 minutes for 3rd grade students. What kind of homework should you be seeing? We expect all our children to be reading at night—students in the upper grades may also have literacy, math and/or social studies assignments. Third and Fourth grade students now have planners and are expected to write down their daily homework. If you are not sure about the work, please ask to see the planner. You can also help your child by watching the time he/she spends on homework. Be aware of daily assignments and make sure to check your child's folder/assignment book each night. Some children work faster than others and some assignments can be longer and more difficult. An occasional feeling of overload is normal, but if you have concerns about the amount of time your child is spending on his or her homework, please don't hesitate to contact us. Homework should never be painful or defeating. Encourage your children to always attempt the work and to try their best.

You can also help your child by watching the time he/she spends on homework. Be aware of daily assignments and make sure to check your child's folder/assignment book each night. Some children work faster than others and some assignments can be longer and more difficult. An occasional feeling of overload is normal, but if you have concerns about the amount of time your child is spending on his or her homework, please don't hesitate to contact us. Homework should never be painful or defeating. Encourage your children to always attempt the work and to try their best.