Homework is an important part of being in third grade. The good habits your child establishes now will most likely carry throughout their academic career. Therefore, homework in third grade has two purposes: It provides an opportunity to establish good practices and it reinforces skills taught in class.
Homework should take your third grader approximately 30 minutes each night to complete. Your child should be fairly independent in completing their homework, as I go over what is expected at the end of each day. Also, because it will always be "a taste of what we did in class," the skills and concepts needed to complete the homework should be familiar to your child. If your child is confused, or is taking longer than 40 minutes to complete the assignment, please write me a note and attach it to the homework. Try to keep homework time as positive and stress-free as possible.
Along with the assignments, your third grader should be engaged in 15 minutes of pleasurable reading each day, which they will be responsible for keeping track of in their reading log.
Homework will begin in the first week of school. Your child will have reading, spelling and math homework on Monday through Thursday. Each Monday you will find the weekly spelling and vocabulary words in the front of your child’s folder and a math newsletter in the back of the Take Home folder. Please keep these sheets in this location for the week, as they will be needed Monday through Thursday evenings. Your child will be given an agenda to keep track of all of their homework assignments. I ask that they have a parent or guardian sign their agenda every night to ensure homework is completed accurately and correctly.
If your child misses school, for any reason, we will collect all work in "Missed Work Folders," to be completed after your child returns.
The following are ways you can help your child with homework:
1. Help your child find a quiet, well-lit area to work. The same place every day is usually best.
2. Keep supplies handy: sharpened pencils, erasers, markers, crayons scissors, glue, ruler, etc.
3. Pick a homework time and be consistent.
4. Let your child do his/her own homework; it can be checked to see that it's finished, but refrain from having them change answers to make them all correct. If your child is having a lot of trouble with the homework assignment, please write me a note to let me know.
5. Make homework a priority. It needs to be more important than TV, playdates, sports, etc.