I assign homework at least four nights a week. Students should spend
from 40 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes on homework each night. The
homework assigned is review work of the day's or previous days' lessons,
silent reading, studying notes or diagrams, writing, or research.
Occasionally students will need to complete a classroom assignment or a unit
project. For the most part though, I use homework to reinforce knowledge
and skills and to help students retain previously learned knowledge and
skills through regular practice.
Please review the "Homework Guidelines," "How to Study Notes," and "How
to Study Diagrams" guides . We will practice these suggestions in class,
and I encourage students who have a difficult time with homework to follow
them at home.
Some students benefit by having an adult present while they do their
homework. The adult should insure the child uses the time wisely; assist
when the child is having difficulty understanding the assignment; check to
see the homework is complete, neat, and accurate; and make sure the student
puts the assignments in their homework folder for delivery to school the
Set a daily time to work on your homework. Do not exceed 1 hour and 30
minutes. It should be as quiet as possible. While you do your homework, do
not watch television, listen to music, talk on the telephone, etc…
Sit down at a table or desk. Do not lie on a bed or the floor. Place your
homework folder on the table or desk.
Put your homework in a neat pile on the desk in the order you want to
When you finish an assignment, place it in your homework folder.
Only start a new assignment when you have completed the previous assignment.
When you have finished your homework, or the time is up, whichever comes
first, put all your materials into your bag or binder.
Mark parts you have trouble with or do not understand. Ask me about them in
class the next day.
If you did not complete your homework, you will need to take a break and
complete it before it is due.
How to Study Notes
Study only one page (front and back) of your notes at a time.
Study notes for 15 minutes a night. Study for 20 minutes a night the week
of a test.
Read your notes aloud to yourself.
Ask yourself questions about the notes and answer them. Do both aloud.
Have an older person in the house ask you questions from the notes.
Mark parts you have trouble with or do not understand. Ask the teacher
about them in class the next day.
Study the following page the next night.
How to Study Diagrams
Read aloud each labeled part of the diagram. Point to each part as you say
Cover the names of the labeled parts on the diagram.
Point to a part of the diagram and name it.
Uncover the names you covered and check if your answer is correct.
If you got it wrong, point to the part and say the correct name. Continue
steps 2-4 for 15 minutes or until you correctly name all the parts,
whichever comes first.