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November 26, 2019 | Becca Brasser

Thanksgiving Vacation Homework

While a vacation is a certainly time to relax and rest and share family time, we also know that learning can continue during time away from school.

While we are not sending the regular homework folders home over the Thanksgiving vacation, these next two weeks are an ideal time for things like:

  • reading with your child from non-fiction and fictional books
  • pointing out words on signs, labels, and cereal boxes
  • following recipes while cooking
  • using maps to chart travels around town and also far away
  • sending a postcard to the Sun or Moon class if you are traveling
  • visiting the library to check out books (especially ones about our next topic of study: Arctic and Antarctic Studies!
  • practicing skills like counting money, telling time, and measuring things with rulers.
  • writing grocery lists, letters to grandparents, or place cards for the table. (It’s essential to keep up the habit of forming letters and communicating through writing!)
  • practicing phonics and letter knowledge skills–starfall.com has some free, easy-to-use games.

Some children will be bringing home packets of books to keep their reading growth happening during the vacation. These should be returned at the end of the vacation.

First Grade Homework Overview

Writing Homework: 

Starting in the middle of October, students will be expected to independently:

  • write at least 2 sentences 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. 

Reading Homework: 

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.

Check out this video about homework in first grade at MSS! 

Becca Brasser

Lead Teacher, Grade 1

Becca Brasser has been teaching first grade at Mustard Seed School since 2002. She’s passionate about teaching children to read, write, experiment, and take risks as they explore the world around them. Her own studies (including a Master of Arts degree from New Jersey City University) have given her expertise and experience in the area of literacy education.

Ms. Brasser especially enjoys taking her students on field trips all over the New York Metropolitan area, traveling on foot, subway, bus, commuter train, and ferry. Some favorite trips: the Hudson Hike, the New York Transit Museum, and the Central Park Zoo to study penguins.

Although she lives in the city, Ms. Brasser loves escaping to nature and finding it in her everyday life as well. She loves to explore rivers and lakes, woods and mountains with her husband Matt, their daughter, Annika, and son, Theo.

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