Daily Homework

Parents,

I wanted to let you know a little bit about homework expectations to start the year.  Homework typically follows the rule of ten-minutes times the grade.  So, in third grade students should spend about thirty-minutes doing homework.  This may vary depending on what gets done during the school day. Students will bring some unfinished classroom work home. 
 
Currently, nightly homework should consist of 20 minutes of independent reading and 10 minutes of writing in a journal and 5 minutes of basic math fact practice.   
 

WRITING NOTEBOOKS:

Students may choose a special notebook or journal to do their daily 10-minute writing.  Students should be writing in their notebook 5 times a week.   Start each day’s entry by writing the date.  I want the students to fill up a complete page before starting a new page.  So, there may be more than one entry on a page.  The goal is to build writing stamina.  At this time spelling and punctuation are not to be worried about.  Parent(s), please read their writing and write back to them on occasion.  I will collect their homework notebooks on the assigned Friday of each month.   Students will be doing this for the months of September, October, and November.

I have included some links for topic ideas.  .

http://journalbuddies.com/teacher-parent-resources/57-exciting-third-grade-journal-writing-prompts/

 
Math Facts:
 
Basic math facts need to be automatic!  Please help your child become very fast in addition, subtraction and multiplication.  You can do this in many ways.  I find flashcards to be the biggest bang.  Go through the stack of flashcards and make two piles-what they know, and what they are working on.  Pull 7 cards from the "know" pile and 3 cards from the "working on" pile.  Rotate new facts in as they are learned.  Only practice for 5 minutes often. I use these sites as well for practice http://www.mathsisfun.com/timestable.html and http://www.mathopolis.com/games/math-trainer-all.php
 
We will have assignments (projects) throughout the school year.  When students have other assignments to work on they may record in their journals that they were working on other specific homework.  For example, an entry in a journal may read: 09/10/2012- tonight I spent homework time working on my math assignment.   Note: Students may substitute writing in their writer's notebook for 10 minutes, just please have them note that is what they worked on.
 
I want homework to be meaningful!  I believe reading and writing are extremely important and should be practiced daily.  We work very hard during the school day!  I don't want them to be doing hours of homework EVERY night!
 
Please, if ever you have questions do not hesitate to email me!
 
Thank You,
 
Gregory Moen