Our school doesn’t mandate homework. If we do assign homework, it is to be practice only. This means that new learning (or relatively new learning) shouldn’t be assigned. For first grade, we assign no more than 15 minutes of homework. If students take longer we discuss strategies with parents (time management, timer, seating location, etc). For students in Reading Recovery or Title 1 Reading, we closely monitor the amount of homework and develop a plan if the added reading becomes too much.
At-Home Reading: Currently, my students self-select reading books to read at home. They may also have a reading book from our Guided Reading group or Reading Conference time. They read the books to their parents and fill out a reading log.
Math, Handwriting, & Special Projects: In addition, they might have a math sheet to complete (from our math resource). I also occasionally assign a handwriting sheet. In the beginning these are general sheets that everyone gets, but then they become more tailored to what letters/numbers the student needs to work toward perfecting. On more rare occasions, I assign other homework. For example, during our mapping project, students design/create/draw their bedroom and neighborhood maps.
Homework Bags: Below, you will find a resource that I do not currently use anymore. It is from when I taught Kindergarten several years ago. Feel free to as you wish.
- Creating the Homework Bags (Directions/Process)
- Parent Introduction Letter
- Bag Activity Directions and Printables