Homework is an important part of a child’s educational program. It provides a means of reinforcing, reviewing and practicing necessary skills and learning outside the classroom. It also helps promote good study habits, organization of time and materials, and encourages students to share classroom experiences with parents.

McNear School has established the following guidelines for reading and/or other homework Monday through Thursday, except when there are evening school events:

  • Kindergarten 15 minutes
  • 1st – 2nd grade 20 minutes
  • 3rd – 4th grade 30 – 40 minutes
  • 5th – 6th grade 45 – 60 minutes

When class work is completed and there are no long-term projects in process, reading should be the top priority during this time. All children benefit from listening, reading along, reading to someone, as well as from reading for themselves.

For the best information regarding other details of your child’s homework, be sure to communicate with your child’s teacher. Each teacher will tailor the homework routine to the needs of the class and your child. Any questions about homework should always be directed first to your child’s teacher.

In this era of instruction the State Standards require more practice time for skill development at younger ages. At McNear, we will also emphasize concept development, literature, cooperative learning, long-range activities and higher level thinking skills. You may sometimes be surprised that “a stack of papers” does not come home every week. Look instead to the quality of what your child is doing, not necessarily the amount you see on paper/worksheets. Notice your child’s language, actions and interests as they develop from his/her experiences at home and at school. From time to time the newsletter or your child’s teacher will include family homework suggestions. At McNear, we emphasize not only basic skills, but application of those skills as well.

If your child is absent due to illness, he or she probably needs rest plus any pleasurable reading or art activity. For extended absences, the child or parent needs to conference with the teacher.

For family travel of more than five days away, please notify the teacher as early as possible prior to leaving. We cannot provide materials and directions in only one day.

Homework is recognized in a variety of ways including: “check-off” for responsibility, comments, peer corrections, spot checks and full teacher analysis. Unless otherwise directed, parents are encouraged to support students’ corrections of spelling, writing conventions, and calculations. 4-6th graders are expected to have three-ring binders, dividers and a record page or calendar.