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Homework Guidelines

Homework Guidelines

Family life is busy, and it can be a real challenge to keep up with each child’s schedule and homework.

Kindergarten to Grade 2

K-2 elementary school children need family time and play time at home. Our perspective is that children should be practicing reading as part of their life routine, and that they should be listening to adults read to them. Every minute of reading counts, so if you miss a day, carve time to read together over the weekend.

Propeller students will have Bible verse and spelling words to practice – but that can be accomplished in a few minutes a day. Adequate time should be given during school hours to complete assignments unless your child has a tough attention day or a habit of procrastinating. In which case, we will send the sheet home to complete. Sometimes students want to bring some “work” home to show off a new skill. Practicing math and sight word flash cards is always a great idea at this age – but make it a game.

K-2 will work with learning themes throughout the year. This can include projects, exhibitions and presentations. These projects may require a little more guidance from parents, but the objective is to guide learning and let their curiosity lead them. Its not about perfection; its about progress. We will not assign busy work for the sake of doing homework. Each child is unique, so gauging time and pace is also hard to judge. If you feel your child is ever feeling overwhelmed, please connect with your students teacher. A reasonable amount of time is 10 to 30 minutes per school day, and depends on the time needed to practice skills that lead to mastery.

Grade 3 to Grade 6

In grades 3 to 6, homework may include nightly reading, necessary review, preparing for the next day’s discussion, project work, or studying for a test. We may have a Math Whirl, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee or a class drama to work towards. Every effort will to taken to connect the task to “why” this will help you, and also when appropriate, to each students preferred learning approach.

Grades 3 to 6 will work with learning themes throughout the year. This can include projects, exhibitions and presentations. These projects may require a little more student initiative, but your student should be enjoying the process. Again, its not about perfection; its about progress. We will not assign busy work for the sake of doing homework.

Each child is unique, so gauging time and pace is also hard to judge. If you feel your child is ever feeling overwhelmed, please connect with your students teacher. A reasonable amount of time is 10 to 60 minutes per school day, and depends on the time needed to practice skills that lead to mastery.

Our desire is to ensure learning and balance a students academic pace with quality of life. Parents are continually coaching, modeling and instructing their children – and it takes time to be a family. That’s why we picked a four day school schedule. Fridays are a great day for students to review their learning goals, assignments and master study skills. It gives time for students to work independently, experience some control over when, what and how they do school work, and its great for family life. Research reveals when students feel like they have input into their academic life, it helps to build intrinsic motivation to pursue additional learning. We think it also encourages responsibility and time management skills.