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What is Homework?

Homework includes out-of-class tasks assigned to students as a follow-up or extension of classroom work. There are different types of homework assignments. Practice assignments help to reinforce newly acquired or developing skills. Extension assignments allow students to apply what they have learned in new ways; these assignments may include long-term projects. Homework may also involve studying for tests or preparing for upcoming classroom activities. Each of these assignments is designed to help your child get the most out of his or her education.

Teachers make sure that homework assignments are explained clearly and that students have had necessary classroom instruction to do the work successfully. Students are expected to take home books and other needed supplies. Students also are expected to complete homework assignments and turn them in on time. If a student is absent from school, he or she will be expected to complete make-up homework assignments. The number of days provided to complete the assignments will be the same as the number of days of absence.


Suggested Time for Homework

John C. Fremont Elementary School has established suggested time limits for homework according to District policy. In addition to the following homework guidelines, students are expected to do a minimum of 20 minutes of reading outside of school per day. Children who cannot read independently should be read to for 20 minutes and/or be given an opportunity to look at beginning reading books. The following time limits are suggested as average number of minutes per day. There may be variations from time to time:

  • Kindergarten: Up to 10 minutes daily
  • Grades 1-3: 10 to 40 minutes daily
  • Grades 4-6: 30 to 60 minutes daily


How Can Parents Get Involved?

Parents are encouraged to support their children's homework efforts in the following ways:

  • Check the daily assignment sheet.
  • Provide a suitable study area and the necessary materials to complete assignments.
  • Establish a specific homework time and monitor after-school activities to allow sufficient time for homework.
  • Praise your child's efforts.
  • If questions arise about the assignments and your child asks for help, ask him/her questions, or work through an example, rather than providing the answers.
  • Check completed assignments and encourage your child to correct mistakes.
  • Share any concerns you may have regarding the amount or type of homework with your child's teacher.