When I changed grade levels/schools, I had to say goodbye to my homework routine. It was a sad, sad day. My grade level had been doing nightly homework for years and wanted me to do the same. It had a little bit of reading and a little bit of math and it was just and I was never a big, big fan. I liked the fact we split up the homework load, and that I was only responsible for making our weekly homework every few weeks. However, I got a lot of feedback from the kids and their families that it was a bit boring. After reviewing the data from our fact fluency assessments, and seeing so many of my students below benchmark. I knew we needed a change. So change it up I did.
My kids were in need of math fact practice and spelling practice, as previously spelling homework wasn't required. So I tried to spring that in our new homework packet. I got the template from the Abby's TpT store, it's a free download, so check it out! :)
I'm still playing around with my the routine, but I've cut back on having my kids read our weekly story three times a week. They literally groaned on our second day of studying the story in class because they had read it so many times.
I've also assigned nightly fact practice via the old math contract my third graders used. Why mess with what works? My third graders loved it and it made a big difference in their fluency scores. So far, my second graders have really enjoyed it. Win. :)
I'm planning to cutesy it up for you all and offer it as a download for ya'll. It's a word document and it's a bear to change if I want to swap out some activities. I made this before my obsession with Powerpoint. Powerpoint, I love you. :) My kids do two addition activities a week and two subtraction activities. I'm still working on the math activities they do in addition to this, because I do feel that concept practice is important but I think doing something every night in addition to their fact contract is a bit excessive. Most of the time, I'll have the kids complete a workbook page from our math program but I do know they will be doing this at one point this week to practice missing addends.
Since my kids haven't been studying their spelling words like they should, I'm sprinkling these two activities throughout the week as well.
On the night they do read our weekly story, I plan on having the kids do more of a graphic organizer activity. This is what we'll be doing this week.
What are your thoughts on homework? How does homework look like in your room? I love for ya'll to share/link up your homework routines.
So far the change has been positive and the only negative feedback I received was from a parent that I think honestly I'll never be able to please, so I'm just going to call it a positive change. :)