Homework in Lower Elementary is an important part of your child’s academic work. We believe in a modest amount of time spent on homework as the children work hard in school all day and need family/down time in the evenings.
The homework we require helps students build on the skills they are acquiring in the classroom. For example, the rote memorization of math facts supports their (more interesting) conceptual classroom work.
Having this homework expectation also allows you to be familiar with your child’s progress in mastering math facts and becoming a better reader.
How can you help?
Provide your child with appropriately leveled reading materials. Children at this age go through books very quickly, so we highly recommend making use of your local public library.
Make sure to listen to your child read aloud a few times a week to help you gauge if the book is the appropriate level. We teach the children to use the five finger rule.
Discussing what you have heard and asking questions can help you check their comprehension.
Many times children at this age are interested in the stories of books which are too difficult for them to read themselves, so continue to read aloud to your child!
Math facts need to be memorized; this can seem tedious, but mastery of these facts makes the calculation of math problems much less frustrating and much quicker to accomplish.
Flash cards, workbooks, games…whatever your child finds the least painful way to practice these facts is the way to go! Start with addition facts, move to subtraction and then multiplication and division.
Once your children have spent time practicing you can encourage them to earn a math badge in school. A teacher will “test” them with flash cards and if all facts have been memorized they earn their badges. This extremely official document (!!) will be created on an index card and decorated with colored pencil.
Counting money and telling time are also useful skills that often require additional practice. A trip to the dollar store and a bag full of change can be a valuable learning experience.
We thank you in advance for all you do to support your children’s academic growth and development.