Homework is an integral part of the school program in the Hillsborough City School District.
It can serve the following purposes:
Provide essential practice in needed skills.
Enrich and extend school learning experiences.
Provide independent practice of proper study habits not learned in school.
Afford the opportunity for increasing self-direction and responsibility.
The time to be spent on assigned homework is determined by the following factors:
Ability of learner
Maturity of learner
Effective use of study time
Nature of subject matter.
Parents are encouraged to:
Provide positive support and encouragement to their child.
Help their child establish a regular time, place and quiet atmosphere for study.
Provide necessary equipment (e.g. notebooks, dictionary, ruler).
Allow and encourage children to do their own work. Assist when asked specific questions.
Notify the teacher if their child is unable to complete assignments within a reasonable length of time.
Ask their child to share some of the completed assignments.
Read regularly to or with their child and listen to their child read.
Recognize that children need to become more independent in completing homework as they mature.
Recognizing that there may be some individual teacher variation, the following grade level guidelines have been established:
Grades K - 2
In grades K-2, homework is intended to develop responsibility and therefore emphasizes informational activities such as collecting materials or information, short structured assignments such as reading a story to significant adults and practicing skills.
Grades 3 -4
In grades 3 and 4, homework assignments become more structured with required time increasing from an average of one-half hour each day in third grade to forty minutes in fourth grade per day. Skill practice, projects and extended reading may require additional time.
In grade 5, homework assignments increase to an average of fifty to sixty minutes per day. Skills practice, projects and extended reading may require additional time.
Requests for Homework
If your child is ill or away from school for any reason, it is expected that the missed work will be made up. When a student is absent for more than two days, a parent may then request the homework assignment by phoning the office. The secretary will inform the teacher of the request. Please allow up to 24 hours to prepare the assignment.