Homework in the PYLUSD is an essential part of the learning process. Assignments vary in accordance with the needs of the class and relate to classroom instruction. Homework assignments intend to reinforce and extend learning initiated in the classroom and serve as a tool for teachers to monitor student understanding. Completion of routine homework can motivate students to develop good work habits while increasing the opportunity for individual initiative and responsibility. Homework can stimulate creativity, critical thinking, and awareness that learning can take place outside of the classroom.
Length of homework assignments will vary according to purpose and level. Effective long-term assignments require clear checkpoints along the way to monitor progress towards completion. Teachers should instruct the students in how to complete such projects and monitor progress regularly.
Beginning in 5th grade, weekend homework may be assigned occasionally. The amount should not exceed a regular day's assignment. However, students may choose to use weekends for review, voluntary work, or completion of makeup assignments. Assigning homework over holidays is discouraged.
In grades Kindergarten through 5th homework is considered a component of “Responsibility for Learning” and students will be given an effort mark only. Homework at the elementary level is not to be used as part of the academic grade. Project-based assignments should primarily be undertaken and completed in the classroom. Some portions of projects may be assigned as homework; however, these tasks should not require significant assistance from parents/guardians, or costly materials. At elementary schools, the nightly homework will be based on the basic concepts that apply to each designated subject matter.
Characteristics of good homework:
- Homework should emphasize quality rather than quantity.
- Homework should broaden the student's learning experiences and expand interest.
- Homework should be at the appropriate level for independent work.
- Homework reinforces and/or extends learning and practice and is not intended for initial instruction.
- Homework should provide a spiral review of the recent weeks/months of instruction.
Homework Assignments Time Frame - While it is understood that the time it takes to complete homework assignments may vary with each child, the times below are the general guidelines for each grade level. If a student consistently has difficulty completing assignments with the timeframes established, appropriate accommodations should be made in collaboration with parent/guardian and teacher(s).
Listed below are the appropriate time limits that children should devote to homework. Daily times listed are inclusive of studying for tests, assigned reading and assigned work. In addition to homework assignments, research supports that nightly recreational reading to and with a child is extremely beneficial. Families are highly encouraged to make recreational reading part of their regular routines.
Kindergarten Up to 10-15 minutes per night 3-4 times per week No weekend assignments
Grade 1 Up to 10-15 minutes per night 3-4 times per week No weekend assignments
Grade 2 Up to 20 minutes per night 3-4 times per week No weekend assignments
Grade 3 Up to 30 minutes per night 3-4 times per week No weekend assignments
Grade 4 Up to 40 minutes per night 3-4 times per week Occasional long-term projects may be required
Grade 5 Up to 50 minutes per night 3-4 times per week Long term projects may be required
- Students should always do their best work.
- Assignments should be clearly understood before students leave class.
- Students should have all materials required to complete homework assignments.
- All assignments should be completed on time.
- Any work missed due to absence from class should be completed (see Homework for Absentees).
- Students should talk to their parents/guardians and teacher if they are having difficulty with homework