Homework & Home Reading Program

Background

Assigning work to be completed at home is something that, at the Kindergarten to Grade 4 level, should be done with caution and the clear prefacing of expectations.

In general, research on homework for students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 indicates the following:

In early elementary school (K – Grade 3), the use of homework shows only minimal gains on academic achievement (6 percentile points).

  • Advocates supporting the practice of homework for elementary learners suggest that it will encourage positive habits and attitudes and support simple skill acquisition.
  • Parental involvement during the homework process is key to success; parents to ask students about their work, learning, and writing, supporting students to think about and reflect upon their learning and themselves as learners.
  • Examples of appropriate homework assignments would include such tasks as
    • Home reading
    • Practicing sight words
    • Practicing letter recognition
    • Practicing letter sound correspondence
    • Practicing skills that students already know how to do but need more practice for efficiency and/or fluency
    • Parents and students assessing, reflecting, and providing descriptive feedback about a piece of student work
    • Talking with parents about life experiences, social issues, and family culture/history

Time

Time spent on homework/home reading, with student consistently on task, should generally not exceed 10 minutes per grade level per night.  For example, Kindergarten and Grade 1 students should be doing approximately 10 minutes of homework/home reading; Grade 2 students should have 20 minutes, and so on.

Research

Parents and family members who would like more information on research regarding homework/home reading may wish to read the attached research article.

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