Homework Policy

  • Purpose:

    Homework helps develop responsibility, self-discipline and lifelong learning habits. It is the intention of Singing Hills Elementary School staff to assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework that reinforces classroom instruction and learning objectives. Homework must have a purpose and should provide students with the opportunity to apply the information they have learned. Feedback should be given to all homework assigned and serve as a communication piece between the parent, student, and teacher. Parents should monitor and help establish routines so that the student can become an independent responsible learner. Homework is modified based on students’ individual needs (i.e. IEP, 504, ELP Plans).

    Homework assignments include:

    • Practice exercises to follow classroom instruction
    • Preview assignments to prepare for subsequent lessons
    • Extension assignments to transfer new skills or concepts to new situations
    • Creative activities to integrate many skills toward the production of a response or product

    The average time that a student should spend on homework that is assigned which includes reading is as follows:

    Kindergarten: 5 – 10 minutes
    First Grade: 10 – 20 minutes
    Second Grade: 20 – 30 minutes
    Third Grade: 30 – 40 minutes
    Fourth Grade: 40 – 50 minutes
    Fifth Grade: 50 – 60 minutes

    If a student is consistently spending more than the average time on homework, the parent should communicate this to the classroom teacher. Reading contests are not considered homework but rather an extra opportunity for students.

    Feedback on Homework:

    Timely and meaningful feedback on homework assignments improves student achievement and will be provided on assignments.

    Late or Missing Homework Assignments:

    Students are expected to turn homework assignments in on time.  Students who are missing assignments will be required to complete the assignments during PAWS time.  Students’ academic grades will not be impacted by late or missed assignments, but they will be reflected in the students’ effort grades on the report card.

    Responsibilities of Staff:

    • Assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework that reinforces classroom learning.
    • Give clear instructions and make sure students understand the purpose.
    • Give feedback and/or correct homework.
    • Communicate with other teachers regarding extra projects.
    • Involve parents and contact them if a pattern of late or incomplete homework develops.
    • Adjust the amount of homework when long projects are assigned.

    Responsibilities of Parents:

    • Set a regular, uninterrupted study time each day.
    • Help your child work to find the answer, do not provide the answer for them.
    • Be supportive when your child gets frustrated with difficult assignments.
    • Contact the teacher in a timely manner to stay well informed and express any concerns.
    • Encourage a positive attitude towards daily homework.
    • Help your child balance homework with other commitments.

    Responsibilities of Students:

    • Write down assignments in planner and/or place in homework folder.
    • Be sure all assignments are clear; ask questions if necessary.
    • Set aside a regular time for studying.
    • Work on homework independently asking for support only when needed.
    • Place homework in backpack or homework folder when completed and turn in assignments on time.