NEW FOR 2016-2017! No Homework! That's right! All the research (and my personal experience) shows that nightly homework isn't all the effective in elementary school! (Plus, who really likes it anyway?) Instead, students will only bring home work that they didn't finish in class or work that needs to be revised. With that said, I KNOW some people may want to have some academic time at home (which I highly recommend), so here are some suggestions:
- Reading - Read! Comic books, novels, audio books, the Bible, if it can be read, it will help build a stronger reader! There is an optional reading log your child can do each month and return for a prize, but this is not required. 20 minutes nightly is a good starting point, but even longer is better.
- Spelling - Play a game! Our lists are sent home on Monday and are also available online at spellingcity.com.
- Math - Use it! Have your child add up prices as you go through the grocery, estimate to make adding easier. Give a small allowance to build money sense. Play a board game, card game, or dice game, These are fun family activities and help build logic and reasoning as well as number sense. First in Math is a great for having fun with math!
- Writing - Write letters back and forth to your child! This is a great way to get to know your child and you are a meaningful audience for them!
- Science - Go outside and explore! Science is all about discovery and exploration so go play outside, take a hike, or explore the woods. As questions arise, encourage your child to find the answers.
- Social Studies - Watch the news, take them to vote with you, visit a museum, or check out a book at the library.
- Religion - Attend Mass, learn a prayer, find a show you like (who doesn't love Veggie Tales), and spend time in prayer with your family!
Late & Missing Work, Extra Credit
- Late work will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. If you need an extension, or know an assignment will be late, let Mrs. Erickson know.
- Any missing assignment will be graded as 0%.
- Students may earn extra points by correcting assignments that are below 70% (with the exception of homework). These must be corrected in red pen and returned to Mrs. Erickson at least 1 week before the end of the marking period.
- If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility as a student to make sure that you have the work you need. Your work will be inside your “Absent” folder when you return. If you have questions about the work, be sure to ask. Work must be turned in within a week of the last day of an absence (some work must be made up at recess, i.e. tests).