This page will answer questions commonly asked by students and parents.
- How much should I help with homework?
- How much should I help with reading take home books?
- What if the take home book is too easy?
- What if my child wants additional homework?
How much should I help with homework?
If your child is struggling with the written homework, make sure that they
aren't spending more than 10 minutes per night on it.
Parents can help a little bit but homework is meant to be a review of concepts
that we have already learned in the classroom. If your child is having
difficulty, simply jot a note down on the homework saying so and it will be
something that I will review with them.
How much should I help with reading take home books?
Take home books are always supposed to be "Just Right Books" that children can
read independently. There shouldn't be more than five or so words that your
child struggles with. If the book turns out to be too difficult you can share
the reading or just read it to your child. The ultimate goal is for your
child to love reading! We don't want it to be a struggle.
What if the take home book is too easy?
When children pick books that are at their reading level, parents think that
they are too easy. It is a very good habit and very useful reading practice
to read and reread familiar text that is a little bit easy for the reader.
This will build on the child's fluency and reading confidence. Once the
children are more fluent, they will have a better understanding of the stories
that they read. Fluency is the bridge to comprehension!
What if my child wants additional homework?
There are many fun family activities that can be done for extra homework. I
always encourage children to keep a journal at home. It is a fun way to
inform parents about what goes on in school. Playing math games is a great
way to enhance math skills while having fun too.