Two of my colleagues have begun to do this project as well, with the same enjoyment and success. One of my other favorite family assignments is the Baby Name Project. I send home the Baby Name Project letter describing how family members can help.
This project gives parents the opportunity to share with their child the origin of their name and information about the day they were born. I have to credit my own mom with inspiring this project. On every birthday when I was younger, she would tell me the story of my birth and I loved hearing every little detail.
I kept the tradition up with my own son, Ian and I love setting up the opportunity for my student's parents to do the same. You would be surprised at how many children have no idea how their name was chosen or what happened on the day they were born. I love hearing students tell their stories and I use their parents written account to help them share more details with the class. The accompanying baby photos are always a huge hit!
Of course, I always bring a photo of myself as a baby and as a first grader so my students can hear my story and see what I looked like when I was their age. Research has consistently shown that parental involvement in a child's learning is a key factor in that child's achievement in school. With the reality of the test driven world of education, many parents expect what they were given in school for homework, familiar daily or weekly assignments.
I do agree with the rationale behind these daily assignments: But I believe these daily homework assignments should be varied and meaningful, not always rote practice work. To encourage authentic writing for homework assignments; I use a class mascot, his sleepover bag and a journal for students to write about the mascot's visit to their home.
I send home the classroom digital camera so students can photograph their home, family, special events and vacations. We print their photos on the class computer and use them to support their writing. Students interview family members for information to share with the class. We also write poetry, lists, headlines, photo captions, book reviews and more.
To reinforce practice with their word wall words, students learn how to rainbow write, triangle write, happy face write, staircase write, box it write and sort their word wall words by number of letters, syllables, and vowels. I have included a Spelling Ideas printable with examples of all of these ideas and more so you can use it with your students.
To practice math skills and problem solving I send home math games with my students to play with parents or siblings. I assign homework that can easily be modified depending on the students' level of understanding.
I also have Family Game Night. Students are allowed to borrow a board game from my classroom collection to take home for the weekend. Students never realize that they are learning about art, counting, problem solving, reading and following directions while they're having fun. Most importantly I want my first grade students to be reading every single night to improve their word recognition, comprehension, fluency and word attack skills.
I am thankful that our school has a fantastic guided reading book library that almost all teachers at Metz use on a daily basis. This allows my students to take home the same books we read in class during guided reading, and reread them dozens of times over several weeks, improving their language arts skills. Students read the same books during independent reading time in class, so they receive further literacy support with these same books just in case an adult is unable to support their reading at home.
Even if your school doesn't have a literacy library of leveled books, you can use reading textbooks the same way, search the Internet for web sites that carry professionally developed leveled readers that you can download and print for student use such as Learning A-Z , or purchase one of the exceptional guided reading programs from Scholastic.
If you are short on funding to purchase a program check out local teacher grants in your area or sign up on Donors Choose or Adopt a Classroom. Homework is an important time to make connections and reflect; on self, family, friends, new or familiar information, and the world beyond.
What you present to your students will determine the heights they will climb to continue to maintain their academic success. Homework should be fun and full of discovery, not only your students, but for you as well!
List Name Delete from selected List. Save Create a List. The Teacher Store Cart. Homework gives kids more practice with their academics thus making them more successful. Homework gives kids more practice because it helps prepare them for future tests and assignments.
Homework is not only for school, I get homework to help me improve and get better at my sports too. I do the homework to put in the extra time to help me get better than all the other players. Homework is great for reinforcing what you've already been taught, brushing up on what you've already learned, and reviewing and making sure that what you learned really sunk in. Homework is repetition which is good for the brain.
The brain is a muscle and like any other muscle if you do the same thing to work it out it will grow. Unions have fought long and hard for the rule "you should not have to take work home".
While never having to take work home might not currently be reality, it is what we agree we should be working towards. Why should schools be any different. It is important for students to learn to conduct their own study, but this can be achieved by including study periods, or even by making school an hour longer and including an outside-class work time then.
If students choose not to use this time for work, they can do their work at home, but this system would be far more beneficial to a student than work that "must be completed at home". Procrastination is an awful thing, I wonder how many days of a student's life are taken away because they got hours of sleep because they were too afraid to do homework. And for anyone who argues that it's the students fault they're afraid to do homework, you're not considering the biological reason for why it occurs, the inner, reptilian and emotion-based part of the brain sees homework as something it doesn't want to do, and unfortunately the inner brain is stronger than the outer, modern and logic-based part of the brain.
This immediately makes it almost impossible for a person to get to doing work. And don't consider it their fault that they can't fight their own biology, that's like saying it's an ugly person's fault for being naturally ugly, or that it's a fat person's fault for being naturally fat. The best way to solve this is to slowly help a person learn to cope with procrastination and teach them how to beat it through a series of emotionally-positive reinforcements that someone can handle procrastination and that it won't be a lengthy project.
Unfortunately, our education system doesn't focus on these key developmental concepts, because knowing facts is apparently better than being a well-rounded human being. And that is something I cannot and will not defend. Children look at school as there job. They wake up, go to school, do what needs to be done. Now when they leave school is where there is a problem.
By giving them "homework", this has just created a 24 hour task. Although they leave the building at lets say 3: You say, well they have the weekend. What happens on Friday in school Also, after school is for after school stuff. Examples being, sports, jobs, family functions, ect. If a student truly has nothing going on at school, there are plenty of extra curricular activities for them to be involved in if they so chose to do so. Homework might be considered important but it s the same thing kids do in class.
There is no difference between school work and homework. So then why waste kids time by doing those useless stuff? I think that Homework is not helpful it is just boring and waste of time. Hello idiots who think homework is good I want you to get a brain and see that kids have school for hours a DAY is that not enough or do teachers need more time to teach kids I like school besides homework then I go home school is over oh i have homework nvm.
Homework can cause health problems like not enough sleep because kids are staying up late "Doing homework". Homework can cause unintentional stress on the child.
How is that fair. Yes, I do believe kids could have work outside of class but only if they didn't finish with class work. Yes sometimes homework does help kids but does it keep them motivated and if kids have to have homework it should be fun not boring or something that would make a child not want to do it. Homework gets in the way of people extracurricular activities and family matters, and if Teachers didn't assign homework then they wouldn't have to grade it, so then it also saves the Teacher time.
Besides that many kids have an after school job, but if they have to get there homework done to keep there grades up, they might have to quit there job.
My reason, well, reasons, are that homework causes lots of stress and less sleep. Homework is very time consuming, and everyone, especially children, need to sleep. When I say children, i mean people ages 16 and under. The loss of sleep can be very heavy as it can lead to illness, lack of focus, which so happens to be needed in school, and stress. Stress can cause these "youngsters" lots of sudden tantrums, which can affect them in both their school and family.
The stress tends to stick and eat away the happiness the student has, making them seem like completely different people than they used to be. Kinda like me, my personality my peers know me as is serious, always having a frown, and a hard worker.
I have begun to notice that the kids who seem to be happy and care-free and the ones who don't do there homework and get bad grades because of it. Finally, if the student didn't know how to answer the questions in the first place, how would they know how to do it at home? And before you say they could ask you parents, have you thought that the schools teach different and more advanced subjects every year? Well, they do, and lots of parents don't know how to solve these equations.
Leaving students back a the drawing board for hours till they finish their work, returning back to stress. Well, I could lecture you blue in the face, but I have homework I must do to advoid flunking school. Is Homework Hurting Your Kid? Homework is supposed to help students. Teachers have told students that the main purpose of their homework is to help them get better grades, help for tests, and etc. Kids are experiencing many problems due to homework. This is why homework should be banned.
The first reason why homework should be banned is because students are are being negatively affected by homework. Too much homework is causing students to have sleep disruption.
Critics call homework a form of child abuse and say that it prevents children from engaging in wholesome activities. Government surveys say that most students spend an hour a day or less on homework. Yet the campaign against homework never seems to abate.
• When your child does homework, you do homework. Show your child that the skills he is learning now are related to things you do later on as an adult. If your child is reading, you read too; if your child is doing math, balance your checkbook.
Yes homework is helpful. Yes, I think that homework is helpful and helps to reinforce skills that were learned in the classroom from a lesson. I think that students need homework in order to help move along in a lesson and also to acquire higher order thinking skills, and therefore homework is a good opportunity for that to happen. Why homework is helpful “Homework is important because it’s an opportunity for students to review materials that are covered in the classroom. You need to practice in order to become proficient,” says Sharon R. Stallings, principal of Signal Hill School in Voorhees, NJ.
Home › Blog › The Great Homework Debate: Is Homework Helpful or Harmful to Students? Sep 13, by Cory Armes, buycoumadin.gq Sometimes, I feel as if I have been doing homework my entire life. Homework is an important time to make connections and reflect; on self, family, friends, new or familiar information, and the world beyond. What you present to your students will determine the heights they will climb to continue to maintain their academic success.