K/1 Good Homework Habits

For the K/1 Student by Sarah Kirkwood, Interventionist and Differentiated Roles Team Leader

Homework is a time for your child to shine and show you what he or she is learning in school. The purpose of homework is to help your child develop organizational skills, learn responsibility, and reinforce skills introduced in school. It is also a time to involve the parent in the academic progress. Your child’s homework assignments should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. If your child has tried his or her best and is still having trouble completing the assignment in a reasonable amount of time, please contact their teacher so that they can get to the root of the problem.

Pick books that are at the right level.  Help your child pick books that are not too difficult.  The aim is to give your child lots of successful reading experiences.

Play word games.  Have your child sound out the word as you change it from mat to fat to sat; from sat to sag to sap; and from sap to sip.

I read to you, you read to me.  Take turns reading aloud at bedtime. Kids enjoy this special time with their parents.

Gently correct your young reader.  When your child makes a mistake, gently point out the letters he or she overlooked or read incorrectly. Many beginning readers will guess wildly at a word based on its first letter.

Talk, talk, talk!  Talk with your child every day about school and things going on around the house. Sprinkle some interesting words into the conversation, and build on words you’ve talked about in the past.

Write, write, write!  Ask your child to help you write out the grocery list, a thank you note to Grandma, or to keep a journal of special things that happen at home. When writing, encourage your child to use the letter and sound patterns he is learning at school.

Homework habits from Scholastic.

Homework habits from Reading Rockets.