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Homework Policy

At Giddens School, we believe that learning is an ongoing process that takes place throughout a child’s day and is not limited to specific environments or tasks. This belief, grounded in educational research and child development best practices, informs our value of a child’s time away from school and the diverse learning opportunities provided at home. For children in elementary school, homework should be minimal and focused on the developmentally appropriate goals below.

For K/1 Students, homework will:

  • Be an opportunity to build connections between school and home
  • Support the real-world application of developing skills
  • Support the building of a “readerly life” and help to “mathematize the world”

Homework for K/1 students at Giddens School is designed to support a family culture of learning and engagement. Nightly activities should include being read to, reading aloud to others, counting out loud, counting objects, playing games, and engaging in conversations about the world around us. Occasionally, at home learning opportunities to support classroom experiences will be offered by the teachers. Resources for families to support engaging learning experiences at home will be available.

For 2/3 Students, homework will:

  • Be an opportunity to build connections between school and home
  • Support the real-world application of developing skills
  • Support the building of a “readerly life” and help to “mathematize the world”
  • Provide differentiated practice of rote skills, as needed
  • Be an opportunity for students to prepare for or extend upon learning experiences that take place in the classroom

Homework for 2/3 students at Giddens School is designed to continue supporting a family culture of learning and engagement while helping each child develop their own learning strengths. Nightly activities should include being read to, reading aloud to others, counting out loud, counting objects, playing games, and engaging in conversations about the world around us. At home learning opportunities to help children prepare for or reflect on classroom learning experiences will be sent home several times a year. For individual children, opportunities to support their learning through rote skill practice will be designed in partnership with the family. Resources for families to support engaging learning experiences at home will be available.

For 4/5 Students, homework will:

  • Be an opportunity to build connections between school and home
  • Support the real-world application of developing skills
  • Support the building of a “readerly life” and help to “mathematize the world”
  • Provide differentiated practice of rote skills, as needed
  • Be an opportunity for students to prepare for or extend upon learning experiences that take place in the classroom
  • Provide opportunities for students to take responsibility for their individual learning, including time and resource management

Homework for 4/5 students at Giddens School is designed to help each child develop knowledge of their own learning strengths within a family culture of learning and engagement. Nightly activities should include reading from a wide range of sources, working through mathematical puzzles, playing games, and engaging in conversations about the world around us. Students will frequently engage in homework that helps them prepare for or reflect on classroom learning experiences. Students will be supported in taking responsibility for their individual learning, including managing time, resources, and skill practice opportunities. Resources for families to support engaging learning experiences at home will be available.

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