How do I know this- well, when my daughter was in kindergarten we had the weekly packet.
I tried to be a good mom and set up routines, but my kid has always been smart and knew she could put it off. At first I was annoyed, but then after a few weeks I saw the beauty of nightly homework.
Homework also keeps the parents informed about what we are learning. Why not start at an early age having students get into the practice of coming home from school, having a snack then sitting down to do homework, read a book or work on reading fluency.
Homework should not take a long time, especially in kindergarten, but it should be providing students with practice.
I talk abut how important they are, how special they are and how they MUST take care of them.
Then after back-to-school night, where I give that same talk to the parents, I give them out. This year I had a little one yell "YES, FINALLY HOMEWORK" after I gave him his binder.
You can read more about my homework folders and book bags here Homework Binders Book Bags-Take Home Reading Program Managing Daily Homework and Weekly Book Bags How Do I Select Homework?
Up until last year, I had several resources I was pulling homework from. I knew which skills I wanted to reinforce at home with my students.
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