I don’t know about you but I really don’t like the idea of homework for children in grades K-4. Yes, children should take home their readers (as long as they are a level or two below their instructional reading level) and read for fluency, meaning and enjoyment. This is the only homework that I see as beneficial, just saying.
As an experienced Pre-K to 2 teacher, I know that if a child is interested in something specific, I would provide them with individualized homework. I also think that homework could be a bit more engaging for our little ones who are probably very tired and unmotivated to practice spelling words. I do also think that at times, homework can be like pulling teeth for parents who are also tired and busy. This can create unwanted consequences for relationships and routines.
I believe that explicit, instructional learning should primarily be implemented in the classroom. I do not feel that homework should be compulsory. It should be optional and teachers can provide those options if that is what the child and parent(s) need or are interested in.
I have always worked at schools where homework is compulsory and the school policy doesn’t leave much space for anything else. Until school policy changes, let’s shake things up a bit.
If you’re like me and also dislike planning for traditional homework, then you might find this post helpful!
When I taught first grade, I always gave my students homework that was a bit different. I aimed to make it child friendly motivating, engaging and fun. You might say my homework assignments were a bit non-traditional in nature.
Here are some ideas that you could incorporate into your homework program. Parents can also use this list to help their children engage with sight word, spelling words and reading each week.
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Click here to download your free non-traditional homework ideas.
If you have any non-traditional homework ideas, please leave a comment below. I would love to read about how your school approaches homework and your philosophy regarding homework for K-4 students.
You may also like our Top Shelf Books post with a free list of popular books.
Or our I Spy Words post which would be ideal as a fresh homework idea.
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