Starting in the middle of September, students will be expected to independently:
- write at least 1 sentence in the homework journal (a main idea and a detail sentence)
- create a detailed illustration
- reread their work
- pack the homework folder in the backpack and return it to school.
Writing homework in first grade serves primarily as a tool that:
- enables students to become confident writers
- gives students an opportunity to express their thoughts and experiences to their teachers
- provides teachers with a daily assessment of student writing.
Parents should not be involved in homework, except to make sure that it is done daily. The teachers want to see the mistakes and spelling habits of students. If parents are providing erasers and giving spellings, the teachers do not get a clear picture of what each student is capable of writing independently.
Writing Homework should not take more than 10 minutes! If your child is not finished after 10-15 minutes, please give them the choice to put it away. Also, please note that sometimes it is easier for children to draw a picture first, then write about it.
The role of the parent at this time is to read aloud to their child at least 10 minutes each day. Then, the parent should record the book’s title, the date, and the parent initials on the reading log found in the homework folder.