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Homework in First Grade

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In first grade, homework focuses on reading and learning "math facts".  In the past, I have asked students to complete reading logs and math worksheets for homework each week.  However, research has shown that time spent reading and playing math games are much more effective and valuable for children than other homework activities.

With that in mind, students are expected to read for 10-15 minutes each night.  Early in the year, most of that time might be spent reading and rereading 2-3 short, easy, familiar books.  As the year progresses and your child becomes more independent, the range of reading materials should vary with some easy, some "just right", and some "challenging" books each week.

Part of learning to read is having a bank of known words commonly referred to as sight words.  All first graders will be assessed on their knowledge of basic sight words.  If your child needs additional practice with sight words, he or she will bring home a packet of words along with a schedule for practicing the words.  If your child does not need sight word practice after the assessment, he or she will not bring home any word cards.  

For math homework, your child will be provided with a deck of number cards and instructions for several math games.  These games should be played 2-3 times each week for 10-15 minutes.  Later in the fall, your child will bring home information about Reflex Math.  This is an optional, online math program that teaches math facts through fun and engaging games.

Homework should take no more than 20 minutes per night.  Please help your child set aside a time and place for homework each night.