These were the areas that my students always needed a little extra help in, so it worked out perfectly.
I have also provided a copy of a newsletter I previously sent home to show you how easy it is to communicate class news and learning objectives to parents.
Last week, I shared my 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Homework.
When I changed to monthly packets, my life became SO much easier. Take that time to focus on your instruction and get your homework done once a month!
One of my teammates brought the idea of an instructional calendar on the homework packet to me when I was creating our grade level’s homework and I LOVED it!
Be sure to check out that post to help you understand why I managed my homework system the way I did.
Today’s post is the second in my Homework series and I hope that it helps you to organize and manage homework in your classroom. It basically runs itself Start the year off right and have your homework ready to go.This way all the homework resources belong in the folder and the folder belongs in their binder.Each student had their own folder with their name on it.Having a instructional calendar as the cover page of each homework packet made it so EASY for me to give directions and even provide an extra (non-worksheet) activity for the parents and students to complete together.Parents could initial that they check their child’s work and I could do the same.Even better, you can check homework quickly because it is always in the same pocket (more on that later)! I usually start with the same Homework Helpers every year…Alphabet Chart, Sight Words, Reading Tools, Phonics, and Reading Log. This is a great way to keep resources available to the parents before they ask for them.I place a strip of packaging tape over these labels, as well. For example, if you have worked with a 100’s chart and there are skills reinforcing this skill in their homework, you can have the add a 100’s chart to their Homework Helper pocket!I also included Reading A-Z readers in the Homework Helpers pocket on a level that the students had mastered.In order for my homework system to work, there must be communication.Having an instructional calendar on the front also makes the homework seem less daunting and more official, since it looks so put together…gotta love that!I sent homework home on Monday and wanted it returned on Friday, that meant 4 activities each week for my students…definitely doable!