Review Part 1
We are in the process of reviewing the way in which students in the primary school are assigned homework. The purpose of the review is to:
- Assess the relevance and purpose of homework assignments
- Review the guidelines including time allocations
- Develop a format that meets the KIS community needs
While we feel that homework is a valuable component of a child’s learning, we must be very careful not to overload children. Our aim in assigning homework is to develop responsibility, independence, organization and study skills. It also allows you as parents to see how and what your children are learning at school. Please keep in mind that home learning is not effective if it becomes a burden to your child or if the ownership and responsibility is shifted from your child to an adult. It is important that if your child is experiencing any difficulties with homework that you communicate these problems with your child’s teacher.
Each grade has suggested guidelines that indicated how much time should be spent on homework each day. It is important that you are aware of these guidelines and that children do not exceed the recommended time allocations.
Home learning should never be a burden in the primary school and as we develop our new guidelines you will see that there will be greater flexibility and creativity in how children approach home learning.
On line resources such as IXL Math and Kids A-Z reading provide additional home learning for all students in the primary school.
We will be having a Parent workshop after we have completed the review to explain any changes that we have made. In the meantime please bare with us as we make the necessary adjustments. Please don’t hesitate to contact June or Gerry if you have any further questions or concerns.
Review Part 2
We have been in the process of reviewing our homework guidelines in the primary school to insure that homework provides a meaningful learning opportunity for our community. Our philosophy of homework is intended to help students become self-directed, responsible, and independent learners. Home learning helps communicate with families about what is happening in the classroom. Home learning should allow students to integrate concepts, skills and processes in order to provide original responses and extension of learning to new situations. Our goal in reviewing homework was to ensure that home learning supports a measurable increase in effective learning. Furthermore, we need to remember that students have already had a long day and need time at home to play, relax and be with family.
KIS Guidelines for time to be spent on home learning
The new guidelines for home learning are:
- EY-KG: Occasional activities to support the programme, reading or shared reading for at least15 minutes per night Monday through Thursday
- Grade 1: 20 minutes per night, Monday -Thursday, plus a minimum of 15 minutes reading
- Grade 2: 20 to 30 minutes per night, Monday -Thursday, plus a minimum of 15 minutes reading
- Grade 3: 30 minutes per night, Monday- Thursday plus a minimum of 15 minutes reading
- Grade 4: 30 to 40 minutes per night, Monday- Thursday, plus a minimum of 15 minutes reading
- Grade 5: 40 to 50 minutes per night, Monday- Thursday, plus a minimum of 15 minutes reading inclusive of Thai home-work
Key points about homework at KIS:
Providing any amount of homework is either too much or not enough for certain families. We strive for a balance through the provision of open-ended tasks, extension opportunities, or optional exercises.
No negative consequences are implemented onto students due to in-completion. Homework’s purpose should be clear to all: student, teacher and parent. Please communicate to your child’s teacher if this is not the case.
What is engaging and interesting to one student, may be totally boring to another! Sometimes the curriculum content that is expected of students contains topics that are difficult to make fun for everybody’s tastes.
What to expect: The format for homework will be presented on a grid or menu which will allow each child to choose a variety of activities that are of interest to them. There will be some compulsory assignments that will be highlighted and there will be options for choice.
The procedure will remain the same with assignments given out on Monday and returned on Friday. Please do not hesitate to communicate any problems or concerns with your child’s teacher. Please check your child classroom blog for more information. Both Miss June and myself are available to answer any questions your may have. We look forward to your feedback.