Our Homework

For you children…..

The major academic purposes of homework are to help you:

– review and practice what you have learned;
– get ready for the next day’s class;
– learn to use resources, such as libraries, reference materials, and encyclopedias; and
– explore subjects more fully than time permits in the classroom.

Homework also helps you develop good work habits and attitudes. It can:

– teach you to work independently; and
– encourage self-discipline and responsibility, as home tasks provide you with your first chance to manage time and meet deadlines.

It is very important to always do your homework. As I will be explaining your work every day at school, I am sure you will have no problems in doing your homeworks on your own. Just in case you have any problem, talk to me in the morning at school. Be assured that I will help you out!

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For you parents…..

Homework is an opportunity for talking, sharing, and listening. Teachers give homework to extend the learning of the classroom. It is a chance for you to find out what your child is studying and how well he is grasping the skills and concepts being taught at school. Talk with your child about his homework. It shows him/her that you care and value what s/he does at school.

First-hand experiences are another teacher for your child. Take him/her to museums, the library, parks, arts performances, geographic locations such as the beach, gardens and other historic well-known locations. Do it often. S/he’ll grasp concepts and skills better if s/he has experiences with the real thing.

Some other homework tips:

–  Set a schedule, including both a beginning and an ending time. Most kids need some time to unwind after school before they tackle their homework. Doing it too close to bedtime may make it difficult due to fatigue. 
– Encourage your child to divide the homework tasks into “What I can do myself” and “What I need help with.” You should help only with that part of the homework your child cannot do independently, such as using flashcards, practicing spelling tests, and clarifying tasks. This builds responsibility and independence in your child.
– Use “Grandma’s Rule.” Remember that Grandma is reputed to have said that there is no dessert until you are finished with your spinach. Hold off on watching TV and other fun activities until homework is completed.
– Provide a home study centre for your child with adequate light and few distractions. If your child concentrates better with “white noise” (music), provide that help. Also, a dictionary, paper, pens, etc., should be readily available.
– Use direct praise for doing the homework and even more for accomplishment. “You’ve worked out 18 out of 20 sums correctly–that’s the best you’ve done this week!”
– Be available when your child is doing homework, so that you can answer a question if there is confusion. If possible, it is better for you to be in another room, so you are easily accessible and yet not a distraction.
– Look over the homework when it is completed. Do not correct it unless you have checked with the teacher. Seeing the pattern of errors is often helpful to a teacher.
– Make sure they are revising very often.
– Allow bathroom, drink, and/or snack breaks, but insist on completion of tasks.

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