Homework is an important opportunity for students to practice independently. Students are often confident that they know the material when the teacher is there to answer questions and support the student. But, when truly independent, they are sometimes less confident or become confused. This stress can be a positive chance for students to realize where they are struggling and what questions they have. These questions can been brought in daily. All we ask is that students try to complete the homework available to them.
We can only improve if we practice. Sustained reading of independent and diverse texts leads to stronger reading skills. Students are expected to read at least 20 minutes a night at home with the text of their choice. They record their reading at school in their digital reading log.
There will likely send home a weekly page of homework that is due at the end of that week. Additionally, many students struggle with word problems. To combat this we have designed a calendar of word problems that will be due at the end of each month. On both types of homework, students can work at their own pace. They complete all the problems at once, do one per day, double up depending on their schedule, etc.
How can you help? Establishing a routine is critical to homework completion. Deciding with your student when he or she should complete homework, as well as where a quiet study space can be offered in your home is key. Learning math is a process that takes time and each student learns at their own pace. Using positive language and reinforcing that your student can learn math and that you believe in them and are proud of them for trying is always helpful too!
Thank you for your help in supporting your student's math education!
-Kayla & Chelsea