The Nuts & Bolts of Homework in Room 13


I understand that families today lead busy lives and have many commitments outside of school.  Therefore, homework is carefully and thoughtfully assigned so that students receive more practice and reinforcement of concepts and skills presented in the classroom each day.  It also prepares students for upcoming lessons, helps them develop positive study skills, and teaches them responsibility and time management skills.  Homework assignments will be found on the right side of your student’s yellow homework folder. Students are required to return their homework folder to school every day.  Please help your child to remember their homework folder each day! J

Daily Homework (Monday – Thursday)


Reading is a very important part of your child’s daily homework.  He/She should read a MINIMUM of 20 minutes each night.  This can be silent reading, or reading aloud to an adult or sibling.  Please fill out (or have your child fill out) the Reading Log each night and sign your initials in the space provided so I know the minutes recorded are accurate. As a special reward, I have created the 500 Club.  At the end of each month, I will calculate the number of minutes on the Reading Log.  Those students that read 500 minutes (or more) in one month will receive a gift certificate to Pizza Hut and will be invited to join me for ice cream sundaes.

Math Facts

As we begin to work on multiplication and division facts we will be sending home flashcards that students should use at home.  These flashcards should also stay in homework folders when not being used as we will also be using them in class.  FIVE minutes nightly should be devoted to practicing math facts.

Weekly Homework

Math Packet:  Our weekly math packet will consist of review work, skills & fact practice and/or word problems.  The final page will always be a challenge assignment that is optional.  This assignment will go home on Friday and is due the following Friday.  Students may choose to turn in the assignment early.  This assignment is worth FIVE homework points.

Spelling Packet: The spelling assignment will also be sent home on Friday and due on the following Friday.  The purpose of the spelling assignment is to reinforce spelling and grammar skills and strategies.  We do not have weekly spelling tests.  This assignment is worth FOUR homework points.

Missing Homework

All students will be given one “OOPS” each quarter (four throughout the year).  An OOPS can be used at any time, on any assignment.  It essentially is a free pass on an assignment that a student may have forgotten to do, left at home, or simply wants to skip.  Each Friday afternoon we have the opportunity for Friday Fun.  This is a free time for all students that have completed 100% of their homework and class work for the week.  Students that have not completed 100% of their work are expected to work on missing or late assignments during this time.

Parent’s Homework Responsibilities

Parents are the key to making homework a positive experience for their children.  As a parent, you can help your child be successful by making homework a top priority, providing necessary supplies and a quiet homework environment, setting a daily homework time, providing praise and support, not letting your child avoid doing homework, and contacting me if you notice a problem.   Inside the homework folder is a homework checklist called Week at-a-Glance. Please use this if you like to help keep track of daily homework – just check of items as they are completed!   If your child has attempted a homework assignment and is having trouble completing it, please sign the worksheet at the top and I will work with your child to understand the assignment the following day.  Important communication will be sent home on the left side of the homework folder.

Thanks so much for your support and please contact me with any questions!

Mrs. Kelly Soter



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