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A top school in England has linited homework to 40 minutes per night according to a BBC article.


From  Homework

Why do Homework?

  • links home and school
  • raises student achievement
  • reinforces concepts taught
  • provides independent practice
  • enhances learning
  • develops study habits (student successfully manages time at school / home)
  • provides opportunity to transfer new skills to new situations
  • increases self discipline
  • fosters responsibility


Homework is

  • positive practice of learning
  • completion of assignments started in class
  • practice learned skills and concepts
  • preparation for the next lesson
  • ongoing review
  • studying for tests
  • organizing binders
  • catching up on missed assignments
  • discussing a topic with parents


How Much Homework?

Time Management is essential for all ages. Over the course of the year, students can expect on average:

Early Years (per day)

  • 1-2 15-30 minutes
  • 3-4 30 minutes


Middle Years (per day)

  • 5-6 should not exceed 60 minutes

  • 7-8 should not exceed 90 minutes

  • The above times are guidelines only and should be discussed with individual teachers

  • There may be times of the year when no homework will be necessary. Some children will require more home study time than others.

  • If a student rarely has homework, is frequently overwhelmed with the volume of homework, or consistently exceeds the recommended amount of time spent on homework, parent / guardians should contact the teacher.


As Students We Can…

  • Talk with parents / guardians about school and assignments
  • Use our agendas effectively
  • Have all materials to complete homework
  • Clarify all assignments with teacher
  • Plan / choose with parents / guardians an appropriate time and place to complete work
  •  Hand in all assignments on due dates
  • Put forth our best efforts


As Teachers We Can…

  • Ensure that each student understands the work assigned
  • Ensure that expectations are clearly understood
  • Allow sufficient time to complete in-class assignments
  • Monitor progress
  • Assist in organizational skills and time management (agenda, etc.)
  • Teach / review study skills


As Parents We Can …

  • Provide a regular quiet time and place to do homework
  • Show interest and participate in children’s daily work and achievements i.e. as editor or reviewer, test audience for speeches, presentations, etc.
  • Monitor children’s work and agendas at home
  • Communicate with teacher as necessary
  • Ask the teacher for specific ways you can assist your child.
  • Provide guidance. Talk about assignments and ask questions. Give praise and encouragement and helpful critique when needed.


Assignment Completion

Teachers expect that assignments are completed on time. If family or student issues or commitments prevent on time completion please contact the teacher so that adjustments can be made to our responses.

Responses to incomplete assignments may include:

  • Completion after school hours
  • Grades may reflect work handed in late
  • Communication with parents and / or support staff (agenda, phone, voice mail)
  • Action plan
  • Referral to counsellor / resource
  • Removal of privileges


Questions to Ask Your Child

  • What are your assignments today? Are they clear? If not consider calling a classmate.
  • When is your assignment due? Is it a long-term assignment? Would it help to write out the steps or make a schedule?
  • Do you need a special resource or supplies? Where, when and how will you get them? Is a trip to the library or access to the computer necessary?
  • Have you started today’s assignments? Have you caught up on any missed assignments when you were absent? Would a practice test be useful?
  • No Homework?
  • See class newsletter for topics that you can explore at home to continue the learning process
  • Teachers will offer suggestions
  • Encourage your child to read
  • Read aloud to your child. He / she is never too old or too young, talk to your child
  • Provide opportunities for your child to write, e.g. grocery lists, thank you notes, letters and stories of their own
  • Provide opportunities for money games
  • Practice math facts
  • Spend time on the computer or Internet with your child
  • Do mazes and puzzles or play games
  • Organize for long term projects


Immersion Students

Regardless of the content or language, parents can help the learning process for their child. Some suggestions specific to immersion students are:

  • Encourage your son / daughter to read to you in either language
  • Take advantage or the resources in French (library, cultural activities, etc.) available in Winnipeg
  • Ask the teacher for specific ways you can assist your child

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