Homework Policy


Homework is assigned five times per week.  

I check to make sure homework has been turned in daily. This includes their reading log. It is critical that you check their binder for any communications, events, or other important information.

Parents are encouraged to discuss homework assignments with their children as this will foster a deeper understanding of the material.  However, a student’s mistakes alert me that your child may need further instruction in that area.

Time spent on homework will vary according to the student.  I expect that students in 1st grade will spend approximately 20-30 minutes on homework.  This includes reviewing the notes from the day and studying for upcoming tests. In addition to this time, students should read for 20 minutes .

There will also be monthly projects and other long-range assignments.

If a student does not have his or her homework in class on the due date, a blank or "I" mark is placed on the homework calendar.I understand there are emergencies and other situations that arise, but these should be rare occurrences, not on a daily basis.

Students are also required to RE-do any homework with excessive mistakes after clarification from the teacher. Some students may need to stay after school for further reteaching and tutoring. I will send home notices for those that need to stay. 

Parents often ask how they can help their child(ren) with their homework. Here are some tips:
  • Have a weekly meeting with your child (preferably Sunday or Monday). Use a family calendar to set a schedule for the week. Include upcoming tests/quizzes/projects, and events such as practices and appointments.
  • Set a timer for your child; have him/her estimate how long each assignment will take and set the timer for that amount of time. Timing each assignment helps to keep the child on task.
  • Review your child's binder EVERY day.
  • If homework is taking more than 1/2 hours per night, it could be because he/she's not finishing work in school, finds the concepts too difficult, has difficulty concentrating, or is disorganized. Try to figure out what exactly is the problem.
  • The primary role of a 1st grade parent is to: make sure the child understands the directions, be available if he/she needs help, check the work, and encourage him/her as he/she works. 
Se les asignan tarea cinco veces por semana. 

Yo reviso que la tarea se ha completado diariamente. Es fundamental que lean el binder para ver las comunicaciónes, eventos u otra información importante. 

Les pido a los padres que hablen sobre las tareas con sus hijos como esto favorecerá una comprensión más profunda del material. Sin embargo, los errores de los alumnos me avisan que su niño puede necesitar más instrucción en esa zona. Esto no significa que toda la pagina(s) este mal hechas.

Tiempo dedicado a tareas varea según el alumno. Espero que los estudiantes de primer grado tomen aproximadamente una 1/2 hora por noche en la tareas. Esto incluye revisar las notas del el día y estudiar para las próximas pruebas. Además de este tiempo, los estudiantes deben leer 20 minutos diariamente.

Tambien habra proyectos mensuales.

Si un estudiante no tiene la tarea en clase sobre la fecha de vencimiento, se le dejara en blanco o una "I" de incompleto se le pondra el el calendario de tarea.

Los estudiantes tendran que volver hacer las tareas con excesivos errores después de aclaración. Algunos estudiantes deberan quedarse después de la escuela para recibir tuteria.

Los padres a menudo preguntan cómo pueden ayudar a sus hijos con sus tareas. Aquí hay algunos consejos:

  • Tengan una reunión semanal con su hijo (preferiblemente el domingo o el lunes). Utilice un calendario familiar para establecer un calendario para la semana. Incluyen pruebas próximas, concursos, proyectos y eventos tales como prácticas y citas.
  • Establecer un temporizador para su hijo; estimen cuánto tiempo tomará y establecan el temporizador para esa cantidad de tiempo para cada tarea. El temporizador ayuda a mantener al niño enfocado en la tarea.
  • Revisen cada día el binder del estudiante.
  • Si la tarea está tomando más de 1/2 horas por noche, podría ser porque él/ella no es terminar el trabajo en la escuela, considera los conceptos demasiado difícil, tiene dificultad para concentrarse o es desorganizado. Trate de averiguar exactamente cuál es el problema.
  • La función primordial de los padres de un estudiante de quinto grado es: asegúrase de que el niño entiende las instrucciones, estar disponibles si necesita ayuda, comprobar el trabajo y apoyarlos y motivarlos a seguir adelante. 
First Grade Organization

At the beginning of the year, students should use their class supply list.  Throughout the year, students need to use a “Supply Update List” to record supplies needed during the year. (I will provide this form.) An example of how to use this form is below:
Supply Update List
Pencil bag
2 black pens
Glue stick

Cross off each item as you get it.  Keep a current copy of this form in a page protector sheet in the front of your binder.  When a teacher mentions a supply you need, or if you find you are running low on something, WRITE IT DOWN!

Other tips about supplies:
1.  Keep a copy of your Supplies Update List in the front of your binder (in a page protector sheet). 
2.  Keep a folder full of loose-leaf paper in your binder.  Label the folder “Paper Supply.”
3.  Keep an extra box of pencils and an extra box of pens in your desk.  You can never have too many pens and pencils.
4.  Replace old folders, book bags, and pencil cases before they fall apart, causing you to lose supplies and assignments.
5.  Buy good quality materials that will last.

         Labeling your papers and projects can really help you to get organized.  It is one of the best habits you can get into with your work. Make sure they write their first and last name on their homework.

                                                                      Juanito Juanes

Other labeling tips:

*Label the things you take to school, such as your lunch, book bag, calculator, sweaters, etc.
*When there is more than one page to your assignment, staple the papers together.
*Grading the papers that are without a title and name can be very frustrating.  Many teachers will not grade papers that lack complete labels.
*Getting into the habit of putting a complete label on all of your work and your belongings will save you much time and trouble.

    The Three-Ring Binder & At-Home Filing System
Binders can be very helpful because they make it possible to keep all your notes for all your classes in one place.  To organize your papers within the binder, use dividers with pockets and create a different section for each class.  Color-coding the tabs for the dividers will help you locate them quickly.
Here are some guidelines for getting your binder set up:
         1.  You will need a sturdy 1-inch binder.
         2.  Label the outside of your binder with your name and other important information, such as your school name, grade level, and homeroom teacher’s name.
         3.  Have a separate folder within the binder for loose-leaf paper.
         4.  Have a supply of hole reinforcements.
         5.  Have a separate folder within the binder for use as a “Home/School Communication Folder.”  In the left pocket of the Home/School Communication Folder are papers that need to be turned in (i.e. signed papers or completed homework).  The right pocket is for home/school communication (i.e. papers that need to be signed, notices, and homework sheets).  Anything in the Home/School Communication Folder should be left in there no longer than one night. After that, everything should be filed in your "At-Home Filing System" and/or turned in to your teacher.
       Recommended School Supplies 2013/2014
          for Mrs. Garcia’s 1st Grade Students 
I would like to ask each student who has been assigned to my room to have the following items:
*sturdy 2-pocket folder--any color or design (we use these to help sort papers needing to be kept at home/ returned to school)      
*colored pencils
*glue stick
*several pens (any color except black)

* we use these to revise, correct, and edit our work in the classroom
* a color other than black helps to easily identify where corrections or changes need to be made
* zippered pencil case- any color, no smaller than approximately
5” x 8” x 2”

* we use these to keep our pens, pencils, box of crayons, lunch card, library check-out card, etc. in an easy to locate place, especially since we will be changing classes this year for Math and Reading
* expanding file, like those used for storing coupons(any color or clear) to be able to hold 3” x 5” index cards
(We use these expanding files to store vocabulary cards we will create in our classroom throughout the school year and be asked to study at home.)