We expect all of our Casita Center children to be successful in school. We know that when students are expected to succeed, they usually do succeed. By letting your child know what your expectations are for him/her you become a valuable part of the "team effort" to help your child succeed. You can help support your child's school success by requiring regular school attendance. Frequent absences and/or tardies can hurt school performance. Look for ways to improve your child's study habits. Provide a quiet place for your child to complete his/her homework. A dedicated study area with good lighting, pencils, and paper are important. When appropriate, encourage your child to read the homework aloud. This is a wonderful method of self-checking and encourages attention to the overall content. Remember to check the homework with your child before he/she turns it into the teacher.

At Casita Center, we believe that homework can be a beneficial part of a child's education. In the primary grades, homework can help children develop good study habits. Homework can help all children recognize that they can learn at home as well as at school. It can foster independent learning and responsible character traits. Homework can give parents an opportunity to see what is going on at school while helping their children with organizational skills. The process of completing and returning homework is an organizational skill. Children need to learn organizational strategies as they learn to plan, begin and finish their homework. Students who can plan a task are usually more successful and can do the task in a shorter amount of time. Therefore, it makes sense to think of homework as routines that can be planned and carried out. Keep all school items in one place for easy access and a "no excuses" approach to homework completion. Find a quiet study area and turn the television and radio off. Children need to know that their family members think homework is important. If they know their families care, children have a good reason to complete assignments and to turn them in on time. Working together, we can support all children in their academic success.



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Homework is any work assigned to the student for out-of-school effort in order to expand their fields of interest or develop skills, understanding, and talents. Homework may be one of the following three types:

1. Extra practice or drill on work that has been introduced at school
2. Make-up work of work missed during an illness or other absence
3. Use of school-learned knowledge and skills to enlarge the student's field of interest and enrich his/her education.

Students may be assigned the following approximate minutes of homework each school night (Monday-Thursday):

Grades K & 1 - 10-15 minutes plus nightly reading
Grades 2 & 3 - 20-30 minutes plus 20 minutes nightly reading
Grades 4 & 5 - 30 minutes plus 30 minutes nightly reading

Please remember that homework is an extension of what your child has learned in class. Our teachers do a great job of reviewing the homework expectations with their students. We depend on your support in making sure that the homework is completed and returned to school on time. Our teachers will provide feedback to students on their homework. Of course, a dilemma arises when a student does not complete his/her class work during the school day as this could then increase the amount of time spent on homework with the completion of class work at home.

In addition to regular homework, your child should be reading at home every night. We know that the more children read, the better they do in school. Research shows that the amount of reading that students do both in and out of school is positively related to their reading achievement. Reading aloud to your children is also important. Reading at home can include adult reading both to and with a child. As always, we thank you for the support you are providing your children at home with their schooling. Working together, we can support all children in their academic success.