The value of homework has become an intense discussion among schools and educators the past 20 years, as a growing number of teachers and parents alike now question the customary practice within American schools. Do our kids have too much? Are we stressing them out? At what point does a heavy homework load no longer benefit student learning? It’s fair to debate the wisdom of assigning hours of homework, which can result in over-emphasis upon finishing assignments, and less value upon student learning outcomes.
Renton Christian continually examines research and data that addresses issues such as what should be the appropriate time spent on homework each night, so that students can perform at their optimal levels. We use the following general guidelines when it comes to assigning homework.
Homework is a way for students to receive additional practice and opportunities in extending their learning experiences in the classroom. The type and amount of homework varies at each grade level. The following grade level information is presented as a guideline. It is not a hard/fast rule and the descriptions represent a sample of what students may have for homework at those grade levels
Kindergarten: Homework consists of completing unfinished papers from school, if any, memory verses and when applicable spelling and reading tasks.
Grade 1: Homework consists of learning the routine of taking papers home and returning them, memory verses, study of spelling words and 10 to 15 minutes of reading at night, as well as informal assignments to individuals or groups.
Grade 2: Homework assignments should be for no more than 15-20 minutes, often it is work not completed in class.
Grades 3-4: Children may have up to one-half hour of school work per night at home with the addition of a Science Fair Project in 4th grade and a few other long-term projects.
Grades 5-6: Students may have up to forty-five minutes of homework per night at home, 3 to 4 times per week. Special projects may represent some additional time needed beyond the school day.
Grades 7-8: Students may have up to ninety minutes of school work per night at home. Long-term projects (e.g. research papers, science fair) will be additional.
The time factors are general guidelines. They are intended to represent the maximum times spent on home-related assignments in a given evening. Exceptions may happen. Teachers are encouraged to give portions of in-class time to get started on homework assignments to make sure the assignment is clear. Generally, homework is not assigned for new or not-yet-understood material. Homework should reinforce concepts taught in the classroom and lead students to investigate information.
It is our goal at Renton Christian School to provide the best learning atmosphere possible for each child. We want to work with your children to understand their learning styles and to help them develop their unique talents and skills.
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