Parent Handbook

Homework

We recognize each child has unique needs and abilities. At Noah’s Ark, we believe the main purpose of homework at the elementary grades is to promote your child’s organizational, planning and goal setting skills, rather than implementing homework as a means of accelerating academic learning. Your child’s teacher will aim to assign homework that is appropriate both for the class and your child and in a manner that will encourage your child’s development of planning and time management.  If, despite your support in helping to manage his or her time, your child is overburdened with the everyday challenges of school and/or outside commitments to the point where homework is not contributing to your child’s development in a positive way, then please communicate your concerns to your child’s teacher.  Conversely, if you feel your child needs more to do at home then you may wish to encourage your child to do “crossword puzzles, scrabble, math games, lego, building models, cooking and other self-directed activities which require thinking and the application of basic academic skills while promoting persistence and attention to detail.” (District Homework Guidelines) Primary level homework tasks consists of a regular assignment of literacy activities (home reading, spelling, reader’s response), numeracy activities (counting, observation, object collection) and often research and investigative studies. Homework should require no more than 15 minutes per day on the average. As students progress in the primary program, other forms of homework may gradually be added. As students are able to accept more responsibility, the time may gradually increase by Grade 3 to no more than 30 minutes in any one day three or four days in a week.

Parents must:

  1. Ensure that there is a calm designated physical space for homework to take place in, with readily available supplies dedicated to your child’s work.
  2. The television and radio must be turned off.
  3. Homework must be gently supported and supervised and completion verified by initialing next to the work assignment written out in your child’s daily planner.
  4. Give your child lots of regular verbal encouragement and warm praise around being organized, writing in the planner and getting the work done. Smile and makes lots of eye contact and help make your child feel absolutely terrific about their progress. Make this time as part of your special one to one ‘quality’ time ( really valuable where there are other siblings who may compete for parent time). Leave your own homework judgements, expectations and history in the past to create new opportunities for growth for both you and your child.