Math is often the work that was assigned and worked on in class, but that was not finished. Students are asked to write down in their planner that there was math homework, but if they finished it in class, they can put a check mark beside it in their planner.
If you want more practice at home in math, use an online practice site like SumDog, XtraMath, or IXL. Your child’s codes for SumDog and XtraMath can be found in the back of his/her planner. There are many free apps for ipads and phones. (see this link.) In grade four, students can improve their recall of adding, subtracting and multiplication facts in many ways.
Sometimes, there is science, social studies or writing homework. If it is a large project, I will give lots of notice and time to work on it.
Every night, students are expected to read for 20 minutes or more. Students can read books from home or may bring home two library books.
Students have a spelling pretest on Monday mornings. They are expected to practice the week’s list each night, including some days where they print the words as part of their practice. Our lists are available on-line, at SpellingCity. Spelling tests are on the last day of the week (usually Fridays). The tests will be marked over the weekend and sent home on Mondays.
If a child does not have their homework here or it is not done, the following steps will be followed. The teacher will also place a note in the planner for the parent.
First day in the week: Stay in a recess until it is done. If it is not done at the end of recess, the child may be asked to stay in a lunch to work on it as well. If the student left the page at home, they may be asked to redo the page or part of it.
Second time that same week: Stay in both recess and lunch to work on the homework. When that work is done, read.
Third time in the week:The student will stay in at recess and lunch, to complete the homework, then read. The teacher will contact the parent or guardian to discuss a detention time. A child will not be kept after school without notifying a parent or guardian.
During the music unit: When a child has taken their recorder home, and left it at home when it is needed at school, the child will have the same consequences as if they had forgotten their homework (stay in at recess and read).