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Regular homework policy:
All students are expected to complete homework on a daily basis. Homework is more than unfinished classroom work. Homework assignments are entered into the student planner and “signed off” by parents each evening.

Homework is an important part of every student’s academic program and has many purposes: it provides extra learning time to reinforce skills learned at school and also provides the opportunity to develop independent work skills, study habits, and self-discipline. Homework helps each child reach his or her individual potential. In general, students who regularly complete homework develop sound work habits which increase their engagement and likelihood of success in school. Students who do not complete homework impede their own progress and hinder the pace of lessons and the progress of other students. As students grow older, it is increasingly important to develop good homework habits as a solid foundation for future success. The most critical period for developing good attitudes, skills and habits towards homework is in the primary years. It is essential for parents to be involved and demonstrate a sincere interest in their child’s work and progress. To reinforce this, it is important for children to recognize that their family also places value on learning and is interested in their school work. By developing a regular routine for home study or homework, the value is realized by the child. A key to homework success is a defined schedule agreed upon by the parents and child. Homework should be completed during a time of quiet without the distraction of televisions or music and minimizing potential distractions. Foster the learning environment in your home and give your child their best chance for success in education.





Type of work

Parental Support


Kindergarten - Grade 1

Every school day

10 – 15 minutes

Practice of skills taught in class

Home reading, response journal, math review, math games

Homework is not expected to be independent


Grade 2 – 3

Every school day

20 - 30 minutes

Practice or reinforcement of skills

Reading, spelling, writing stories, math games, response journal

Read with child, ask questions and discuss the assignment


Grade 4 – 5

Every school day, weekends if behind

40 - 50 minutes

Extended learning, completion of work

Spelling, independent reading, writing, math, projects

Provide quiet area to work, communicate in the planner


Grade 6

Every school day, weekends if behind

1 hour and

20 minutes of reading

Extended learning, study for tests

All subjects areas, independent reading

Read and sign planner every day, provide assistance when needed