Third Grade Homework
We are trying something new this year. We want to value your family time with your student; we want to reinforce you as a partner in your child’s education; and we want to build the foundation for life-long learning.
With those goals in mind, the homework this year is for your child to learn four things at home each week. We want this to complement your evening time with your student, not add to it. If your child has soccer practice, we want to value that learning and count it as homework. The same if your child is learning martial arts, or an instrument.
We all know that these extra-curricular activities are great for our kids and we want to value them and ask that the kids reflect on what it is, exactly, that they are learning from going to theater practice, or a scout troop meeting, or swimming practice.
Secondly, we see a digital world developing around our kids and want to take the time to value hands-on skills. We would much rather you spend your evenings teaching your child how to crochet, or build a birdhouse, or put air in bike tires than ask you to sit at the kitchen table arguing over the “right way” to do a math problem!
On the flip side, in this digital world, information is literally in the palm of your child’s hand in your smart phone. If your child has a passion for a subject, we want to encourage him/her to pursue that subject and learn as much as possible.
We are also interested in helping you develop independence in your student. Consider taking some time in the evening to teach your child how to cook a meal, or iron his/her own clothes. Tell them it’s homework, and you’re welcome!
We know many of you will have some concerns about the lack of traditional homework – let us address two that we could think of:
Will my child fall behind? With the extended school day, your child will be with us for seven and a half hours. If there is something academically that we cannot address in that time frame, we will let you know and make a plan together.
What about reading? Yes, we think kids should read daily. In fact, we would love for every child to read for 30 minutes every night. The bottom line, though, is telling a child they must read doesn’t really develop a love of reading in a child. We suspect that you have been encouraging your child to read every day after school for a while now. If your child loves reading, then please, continue whatever it is you are doing! If your child does not love reading, let’s talk about what we can all do to work on that. We just may not call it homework!