Homework Policy and Guidelines
Our students in all grades receive age and level appropriate homework assignments each week. For kindergartners, the weekly homework project (for example, "draw a meal of different shapes" or "what objects float and which ones sink?") is designed to help them try out new concepts at home with their parents and to introduce them to the pattern of handing in their homework. Their assignments are limited to about half an hour in length, once a week.
In grades 1-8, homework includes daily written and reading assignments and problem sets, as well as longer-term projects. In the first grade, students are expected to take 20 minutes to do their daily homework, with this time increasing to an hour daily in the upper grades. All students, including kindergartners, create their own projects for the Spring Science Fair.
Grade level specific information on homework (i.e. follow through, projects, parental involvement, etc.) is provided by teachers at Back to School Night. At all grade levels we expect that in addition to other long range assignments, your child will read (or be read to) a minimum of 20 minutes/night.
Homework is an important resource in helping students learn, and is included as part of their educational program. All areas of the curriculum may be used to assign productive and meaningful homework. Homework is an opportunity to:
- Use or maintain skills learned in the classroom
- Extended and enrich knowledge
- Budget time
- Organize materials
- Apply careful thought and consideration to the important task of becoming an informed member of a community
- Develop personal responsibility
Homework Assignment Guidelines
- Based on the needs of the group and the individual student
- Related directly to classroom work
- Planned for the purpose of reinforcing, extending, enriching, and strengthening skills and/or creativity
- Made only in those areas that have been taught and learned sufficiently so that the pupil can perform the assignment independently
- Explained thoroughly and clearly understood in terms of content, process and due date
- Checked to assure that they are reasonable, can be completed in allotted time and allow for the student’s out-of-school responsibilities and schedules
- Is completed at home - free time a child has at school should be directed to other activities
- Assigned and completed during the week and not during Shabbat or Jewish holidays
- Long-term assignments will require additional hours and may extend over weekends and holiday breaks with the above expectations
- Incomplete class work may be sent home in addition to assigned homework if it is deemed appropriate by the classroom teacher