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Homework at GCS

posted Sep 8, 2016, 4:59 PM by Mark McDonough
Dear GCS Families,

Let's face one really enjoys homework. Limited homework is, however, important for student growth. At GCS, we believe that regular math practice, and consistent reading at home is essential. Additionally, some teachers may assign spelling or vocabulary work, and/or the occasional science or social studies project to wrap up at home. The old rule of thumb for the amount of homework is approximately 10 minutes per grade level. Thus, a third grader should have about 30 minutes of homework, a fourth grader, 40 minutes, and so on. The purpose of homework is to reinforce skills, and never to frustrate children (or their parents!). If your child is struggling with homework, please communicate with his/her teacher(s).

Here's how you can help:
  • Set a consistent time & place for homework
  • Reinforce teachers' homework expectations at home
  • Clarify directions, offer support, but encourage independence
  • A little struggle is a good thing; it grows the brain (But please don't let your child work to tears)
  • Stick to the homework guideline stated above; don't allow your child to work for hours on an assignment or two
  • Again, communicate with your child's teacher(s) if he/she is experienceing significant difficulties with homework