Parent-Student-Teacher Homework Contract

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                                                                                                                             September 1, 2009

Dear Families,

            Homework is a very important part of your child’s education.  Homework serves many purposes.  One of the most important reasons I assign homework is to give students more practice with the skills that have been taught in class.  Another reason I give homework is to help students develop good study habits, learn responsibility, and to understand that learning takes practice in school and at home. 

            Students will be given a math homework assignment every night Monday through Thursday, with only a few exceptions.  There may also be an occasional homework assignment from a subject other than math.  Another part of the homework requirements for second grade is reading.  Students are expected to read for 10-15 minutes a night for four nights a week.  A reading log will be sent home every Monday for students to record their reading.  The reading logs need to be signed and returned every Friday.  On Mondays I will list all the homework assignments for the week and post it on our classroom website (http://www.laconiaschools.org/classroom/achamplin).

            The following are some tips and guidelines that are intended to help both parents and students understand the expectations for homework in second grade, and to make doing homework a valuable and stress-free experience.   

o        Set up a consistent time and place for homework to be done.  This place should have very little distractions and be comfortable and organized.

o        Encourage and motivate your child, but do not sit with him or her, or do the homework for your child.  The purpose of the homework is for your child to practice the skill they have been taught in class.  This means they should be able to do it on their own.  If your child is consistently struggling to understand the homework assignment, please contact me.

o        Have a conversation with your child about the skill he or she has practiced.  Ask questions like, “How did you know what to do?” or “How did you find that answer?”

o        Most homework assignments should be completed in 20 minutes or less.  If your child is consistently spending more time on homework, please contact me.

            Homework assignments are to be turned in the day they are due and count towards the homework grade on the report card.  If a student does not bring in the homework on the day it is due, he or she will complete the assignment that day during recess time.

            I hope that this contract will help make homework a positive experience for everyone this year.  As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Thank you,

Miss Champlin


524-4113 ext. 118