Homework Policy for Elementary Grades


The primary purpose for homework in elementary school is for the student to develop a sense of responsibility and accountability. Assignments generally provide additional opportunities for the child to practice skills learned in the classroom, and usually are short in duration and skill specific. An adult should supervise homework by providing a consistent place and time for completion, answer questions the student asks, and review the homework for accuracy and completeness. Students are expected to perform the work independently, but also should ask questions if clarification is needed.

The most important element of homework in elementary school is reading. The goal of reading homework is to foster a love of reading. While sometimes specific reading assignments may be given, most of the time the student is allowed to read whatever material or genre he or she enjoys. The teacher may recommend a certain number of minutes that students in that grade are assigned to read, but of course extra reading is encouraged and applauded.

Projects relating to subjects introduced in the classroom are occasionally assigned to allow the student to further investigate a specific topic. Parents and students are encouraged to work together to create presentations of this kind. While skills such as time management and research planning are introduced in class, parents should expect to help the child implement these goals.