**You may also download a PDF version
of this Homework Policy
here.**

**What is the purpose of homework?**

Homework, also known as Home Learning, is a very important part of every student's education. Home Learning is an extension of classroom instruction. It provides students with enrichment, practice, and reinforcement of specific skills in order to assist students with mastery. It also teaches students responsibility and helps them develop good study habits that will be useful in the future. Additionally, home learning assignments serve as a basis for further study and preparation for future class assignments.

**How often will homework be assigned?**

Homework will be assigned at the end of every school day, Monday through Friday. Students will be required to purchase an agenda (available through our school's PTA) in order to write down their homework assignments daily. The teacher will review and discuss each assignment students are to complete at the end of every school day. If students have any questions about the homework assignments, they will have the opportunity to ask questions before the end of the school day.

**How long should students spend each night
completing homework?**

In fourth grade, students should spend an average of 60 minutes a day completing their home learning assignments. This average time does not include the additional 30 minutes that are required to be devoted to daily independent reading. Since homework is an extension of skills learned in class, students should be able to complete their assignments independently with little help from the parents, with the exception of special projects that may be assigned from time to time and may require more parental support. If students have a hard time answering a confusing question on their homework assignment, they are encourage to circle it, put a question mark next to it, and move on. These questions may then be reviewed the following school day in class and students should not stress over them. If you notice that your child is taking more than the average time to complete home learning assignments each night, please feel free to contact me through email (msanchez7@dadeschools.net) or call me at 305-354-2600 ext. 3233.

**What are the types of homework assignments
given and when are they due?**

Students will receive both written and non-written homework assignments. Non-written assignments are assignments that don't need to be turned in and include: studying for upcoming tests, studying spelling/vocabulary words, studying math facts, and reading every night. It's important that students complete non-written homework as well as written homework. Written homework assignments are assignments that will require students to do some type of writing on paper and MUST be done in pencil. These assignments may include completing a math log, answering reading questions, practicing vocabulary and/or spelling, creating a writing piece, completing practice book pages, etc. (basically any assignment in which the student has to give a written answer). All written homework assignments must be completed and returned to school on the following school day unless otherwise noted by the teacher.

Moreover, special projects may be assigned from time to time. These projects may take a few days to complete. In the event of a special project, students will be given the criteria for completing the project along with a timeline and/or due date. Please note that students will still have to complete their weekly homework assignments while they are working on completing a special project. The teacher may adjust the amount of weekly homework assigned as needed while students work on a special project.

**How are homework assignments collected?**

Homework assignments will be collected
the morning of the school day in which they are due. Students are
asked to place their homework assignments on top of their desks as
part of their morning routine. Prior to homework being collected,
students will have an opportunity to share any questions they had
about the assignment. The teacher will review these questions and go
over any difficult parts of the homework assignment. Afterwards, the
teacher will come around to collect homework assignments, verify that
each student has completed all assignments, record this on a Home
Learning
Checklist, and punch Homework On Time (HOT) cards for students who
completed their homework.

**What happens if a student is absent when
homework is collected?**

In the event that a student is absent from school, the student will be allowed to turn in completed homework assignments upon their return to school. The student will then receive any homework assignments they missed while they were out upon request. If a student has an excused absence, they will be given up to three days to turn in their completed homework assignments along with any make-up work given. Parents are asked to send an excuse note to school upon the students return. After FIVE absences from school, parents MUST send a doctor's note to school for every absence that occurs in order for it to be marked as an excused absence.

**What are the consequences for not completing
homework assignments?**

Students who do not complete homework assignments will be given a No Homework Notice to take home to their parents and will be asked to complete any unfinished homework the following school night, in addition to any new homework assignments given for that night. Parents will review this form, sign it, and return it to school with their child on the following school day along with the completed homework assignment. It is important for students to recognize and practice responsibility in completing their homework assignments so that they avoid getting a No Homework Notice and additional homework to complete each night.

Failure to turn in completed homework
assignments will also cause students to miss out on getting paid
through our classroom economy for turning in completed homework. If
students miss one or more days of completed homework assignments they
will not be paid the $5 "Fin" dollars for that week. Moreover, if
students have three or more days of incomplete homework assignments,
they will be fined $10 "Fin" dollars which will be deducted from their
weekly payment in our classroom economy.

**What are the rewards for completing homework
assignments?**

The most essential rewards in having students complete homework assignments is that they will further enhance their knowledge of skills learned in class, develop great study habits, learn how to be responsible, succeed academically in school, and be successful in their future. In addition to this, students who consistently turn in their completed homework assignments on time every day will receive a punch on their Homework Trail Reward Punch Cards each day homework is due. After 25 punches on their punch cards, students will receive a FREE HOMEWORK PASS that will grant them a full night free from homework assignments. Please note that this homework pass may not be used for special projects or special assignments. In addition to the Homework Trail Reward Punch Card incentive, students will earn "Fin" dollars through our classroom economy every week for turning in their homework assignments on time. If a student turned in completed homework assignments the entire week, they will earn $5 "Fin" dollars that week which may be used towards the purchase of special reward coupons in our classroom.

*Each student will have one of these
Homework Trail Reward Punch Cards*