Homework in the Key Stage I, grades K-2, will average twenty minutes nightly. These activities reinforce skills introduced in the classroom and provide opportunities for families to read together, discuss experiences and questions which arise from classroom units, and extend normal home or school activities into learning opportunities. While parental assistance will be expected 100% of the time in the earliest grades, more student initiative and responsibility is expected in later Key Stage I and Key State II grades.
Throughout Key State II, grades 3-5, homework continues to review classroom lessons and skills while also teaching children to take responsibility for daily assignments and to learn time management skills for longer term projects. Homework assignments will range from approximately twenty-five to forty-five minutes nightly as students move through Key Stage II grades. Although specific assignments will comprise most of the homework activities, family reading and discussions may extend classroom learning and be considered a 'homework' activity.
Most homework will be included in a consistently schedules, teacher prepared 'homework packet,' envelope, or idea sheet. In addition to these activities, specific homework assignments may be given for nightly completion in order for the child to be prepared for the next day's lesson. The regularly scheduled homework assignments are organized to give each family the flexibility to complete work at a time that fits their home and family schedule.Designed to follow a developmentally appropriate continuum, the homework process needs to be supported by clear expectations from parents and teachers. While homework is an extension of school work, parental support and emphasis fosters the learning and personal responsibility implicit in this process. Having an identified and appropriate space for homework and adequate materials for learning establish this work as a priority for the child. Parents may further support the homework process by checking to make sure the child understands the directions, monitoring his work, and having regular discussions about the importance of quality work. This home-school collaboration makes homework an integral part of the learning process.