Development of excellent work and study habits is an integral part of the Holmes Elementary School instructional program. Teachers will make homework assignments to the students as clear as possible. Students have the responsibility of asking for additional clarification when assignments are not clear. An important part of the student's education is to learn to complete class and homework assignments in the time prescribed. Learning to budget time, stay on task, and focus full attention on the task are all important in the development of excellent work and study habits.

Students at each grade level will be expected to spend time on homework assignments at least four nights per week. The following are suggested as homework guidelines:

K &1: 30 minutes (this includes 10-15 minutes of reading)

2 & 3: 30-40 minutes (this includes 15 minutes of reading)

4: 30-60 minutes (this includes 15 minutes of reading)

5 & 6: 45-60 minutes (this includes 20 minutes of reading)

With reference to the average number of minutes per grade, it needs to be understood that the amount of time taken to complete an assignment will depend on the individual student. Upper grades will have research projects that may on occasion take additional time. Should a concern arise regarding the amount of time devoted to homework, or the type of homework, parents need to contact the teacher for clarification.

Homework assignments will be designed to enable students to:
1. Make up classwork.

2. Practice and apply skills learned in school.

3. Extend educational experiences related to class activities, including outside reading and writing.

4. Experience enrichment activities appropriate to the developmental level of students.

5. Learn responsibility by completing assignments neatly, accurately, and on time.

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