Homework is a deliberate part of our academic program. It is intended to build in the student habits of self-discipline and independent study. Homework allows the teacher to both reinforce and supplement the curriculum.
Both the amount and type of homework must be carefully planned by the teacher. Homework requirements should increase with each grade level to ensure that the students are adequately prepared for highschool expectations. For example, at Quinte Christian High School, students are expected to do an average of 20 minutes per subject per night.
At TCS we recommend an average of 10 minutes per evening per grade for four nights per week, such that Grade 1 would have 10 minutes per evening, Grade 4 forty minutes and Grade 8 eighty minutes. Actual time spent varies with both work habits and abilities of each child. Larger projects may take up some time on weekends.
Teachers will regularly keep everyone informed of assignments through the weekly school bulletin and junior and senior students are required to maintain completed homework books. Rotation teachers should co-ordinate tests and assignments so as not to overload students.
If you find your child is spending significantly more time than is recommended above it is important to discuss this situation with the classroom teacher.
What are the benefits of homework for children?
Responsibility – Doing homework everyday at the same time helps develop responsibility and prepares children for responsibilities they will face as adults. Reinforcement- Homework helps children understand that learning doesn’t stop when the school bell rings.
Self-esteem – Children learn self-esteem by doing estimable things –completing homework assignments is estimable. Accomplishment – Taking pride in homework assignments helps children experience the satisfaction of a job well done.
Time management – Planning for the completion of several assignments allows the child experience in managing their after school time and other extra curricular activities.
What do children need from parents?
Encouragement – Give your child specific praise for efforts and for completing assignments.
Availability – Encourage your child to do the work independently, but be available for assistance.
Scheduling – Establish a set time to do homework each day. You may want to use a calendar to keep track of assignments and due dates.
Space – Provide a space for homework, stocked with necessary supplies, such as pencils, pens, paper, dictionaries, a computer, and other reference materials.
Discipline – Help your child focus on homework, by removing distractions, such as television, radio, telephone, MSN and interruptions from siblings and friends.
Modeling – Consider doing some of your work, such as paying bills or writing letters, during your child’s homework time.
Support – Talk to your child about difficulties with homework. Be willing to talk to your child’s teacher to resolve problems in a positive manner.
Respect – Doing an assignment for your child erodes his/her self-esteem. The parent is sending the messages:”You are incapable; I must do this for you.” or “Whenever you encounter difficulty I will rescue you rather than let you take responsibility, experience struggle and success and build character.”