In first grade homework focuses on reading and learning "math facts".  In the past students have been asked to complete reading logs and math worksheets, but research has shown that time spent reading and playing math games are much more effective and valuable for young children than other homework activities.  With that in mind, first grade students are expected to read for about fifteen minutes each night.  Early in the year most of that time might be spent on reading and rereading 2-3 short, easy, familiar books.  As the year progresses and students become more independent, the range of reading materials should vary with some easy, some "just right", and some "challenge" books read 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/she will bring home sight word practice materials and a suggested practice schedule.  If your child does not need sight word practice at this time, he/she will not bring home any sight word practice materials.

From time to time your child may bring home the materials needed to play a math game he/she has already played in school.  These optional games will help your child to learn his/her math facts.  Later in the fall your child will bring home information on Reflex Math, an optional, online math program which teaches math facts through fun and engaging games.  

Homework should take no more than twenty minutes per night. Please help your child to set aside a time and place for homework each night.  Your help with this is greatly appreciated.