Homework Guidelines

Homework is important to students' academic success. Homework consists of learning experiences taught in class, and reinforced through assignments done outside of classroom time. This assists students in achieving learning outcomes prescribed in the Ontario Curriculum Guidelines and enables students to assume responsibility appropriate to their age and ability.

Most homework activities will be completed in one evening. Some projects and assignments may be completed over an extended time period.

Careful consideration will be given to quantity of assigned work according to students' individual needs. Projects and assignments include clear expectations, due dates, and criteria for evaluation.

How Parents Can Help

  1. Establish a homework routine. Create a weekly homework schedule and encourage children to follow it.
  2. Give space for homework. Make sure the space is away from distractions like TV, music and loud siblings, if possible. Ensure that the computer is where you can see how it is being used.
  3. Practice makes perfect and reinforces learning. Have children practice reading, writing and math with you every day, whether it's reading a favourite book together or helping to measure ingredients in the kitchen.
  4. "How was your day?" Take a few moments to chat about the school day. Ask children to share their homework with you and explain the work that has been completed. This reinforces the importance of homework, and helps children understand that you are interested in their progress.
  5. Check in occasionally. When doing homework alone, your child's concentration can wander. Check in once in a while. Sometimes children need to talk about a homework problem to figure out the answer. If your child has trouble with a homework assignment and cannot complete it, write a note in the agenda book telling the teacher about the problem.
  6. Turn everyday activities into homework. Include children in everyday tasks and assign activities such as searching newspapers, reading recipes, creating shopping lists, plotting out routes on a map, etc. Small activities can often teach big lessons.
  7. Encourage children to be proud of their efforts. When looking over homework, always look for something positive. Encouragement gives children confidence and makes them feel good about doing their best.
  8. Encourage curiosity and questions. Who, what, where, when and why are magical words of discovery that make learning more interesting and fun. Give your children the confidence to ask for help if the homework is difficult or confusing.
  9. Know what's going on at school. Make a point of staying in touch with teachers, especially if you have a question or concern. Let teachers know they can always call you if there is a problem.
  10. Some students are visual learners , others are auditory learners or learn best when lessons involve movement. To develop different skill sets, homework assignments may not all be written assignments, and may include reading, interviewing, collecting, studying, researching or viewing a TV program.