Homework is an important element in reinforcing what has been taught in class and also in developing strong study habits and a sound work ethic for future needs. Self-discipline, such as good study habits, is an essential element for success in school, university or college and the eventual workplace.
Grade Expectations has established some basic guidelines to assist you and your child in determining a suitable allocation of time.
Kindergarten to Grade 3
10 to 20 minutes of home study per night for most evenings is an appropriate requirement. Listening to your child read, reading to your child or independent reading away from the family would help your child immensely. Using daily activities such as shopping lists or food preparation to practice counting, calculating, estimating, measuring, arranging objects and working with size and shape will also benefit them.
Grades 4 to 6
20 to 40 minutes of home study per night for most evenings is an appropriate workload. Listening to your child read, reading with your child or independent reading, which can include school and library materials, are all important. Review areas of difficulty with your child in a positive manner and have your child complete unfinished classroom assignments. Use the newspaper to help your child interpret graphs, advertising claims and to increase his/her knowledge of the world. Develop spelling lists of words misspelled and review and drill number operations.
Grade 7 to 9
40 to 90 minutes of home study for most evenings through the week is appropriate. Use the time to complete assignments and for reading, creative writing, editing, organizing, studying for tests, working on projects and preparing school presentations. Discuss examples of problem-solving strategies in daily life and work experience.