Garden City Elementary School


Homework Policy


Homework Guidelines
Homework is a bridge between home and school.  Like all aspects of a student’s education, it is most effective when there is an active partnership between student, teacher, and parent.  For all students,  adult support is critical.  As the student matures, he or she becomes more independent and assumes greater personal responsibility. We recognize each child has particular needs and abilities.   Your child’s teacher will endeavour to assign homework that is appropriate and supportive for your child’s learning needs. Homework is only one component of a student’s out-of-school activities.  The total amount of time which a student is required to spend completing class work or homework should not compromise other important aspects of a student’s life such as family activities, community and recreational activities, rest, relaxation and play.

Primary Grades

The Kindergarten students are expected to:
        •     read and share books at home with an adult, daily.

The Early Primary students are expected to complete their daily activities that MAY include:
        •     practicing reading, with an adult.
        •     practicing spelling words, with an adult.
•     occasionally gathering or collecting materials and information for theme-related projects, with an adult.

The Later Primary students are expected to complete their daily activities that MAY include:
        •     practicing reading.
        •     practicing spelling words.
        •     completing math questions.
        •     occasionally gathering or collecting materials and information for theme-related projects, with an adult.
*It is expected this homework may require 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

Intermediate Grades
At the intermediate level, established reading and mathematics activities begun in the primary grades may be continued as homework but may also include completion of work not finished during class.  As the year and grades progress, homework will move from guided practice activities to more independent project work.  Homework should not exceed 30 minutes per day three or four times per week during Grade 4 and 5.  It may increase to a maximum of 45 minutes three or four times a week on average in Grade 6 to 60 minutes some nights by the end of Grade 7.

What is commonly referred to as homework may take several different forms, such as:

        completion of class work        
        engaging in focused family conversation
        problems, drills, and worksheets        
        conducting interviews or surveys
        home reading programs   
        collecting supplies for classroom activities
        research activities (magazine pictures, leaves etc.)
        practising a musical instrument         
        studying for quizzes and tests                  
        exploring curriculum topics covered in class (i.e. visiting the library, community, or using the computer)

We hope this school homework guideline will help us to continue to work together.  Through cooperation on matters such as homework, we can advance your child’s achievement and feelings of success.     * Students receiving ELL support may have additional homework assigned by their ELL teacher.

Richmond School District Homework Guide Taken from Learning Matters: A Guide For Parents - SD38 Publication
Homework is a bridge between home and school and is most effective when student, teacher and parent work together.  Students in the earlier grades need your support with their homework.  As students mature, they become more independent and assume greater personal responsibility.  However, even graduating students benefit from their parent’s interest and encouragement.  

The Student’s Role
•     to understand what is expected and to ask questions to clarify expectations when necessary.
•     to contact the teacher to find out about homework assigned during his/her absence.
•     to complete homework tasks to the best of his ability.
•     to ask for help from the teacher when necessary.
•     to submit homework on time.

The Teacher’s Role
•     to provide interesting and challenging homework that reflects the instructional plan for the class and is appropriate for the students’ different abilities and circumstances.
•     to provide a balance of open-ended, creative and practice activities.
•     to take a consistent approach to homework and explain that approach to students and parents.
•     to teach the necessary skills required to complete homework assignments.

The Parent’s Role
•     to establish a regular time and place for work to be done at home.
•     to provide required supplies (e.g. pencils, stationery, dictionary).
•     to create an encouraging and supportive climate for your child in the home.
•     to check the student planner and assignment sheets and help your child understand the tasks.
•     to help your child plan his/her time to complete assignments in manageable stages and allow time for recreation and family events.
•     to communicate directly with the teacher when necessary.
•     to help your child by promoting him/her with questions which guide or extend thinking.
•     to proofread for grammar, spelling and organization (but not by making changes for your child), if possible.