Will my first grader have homework?

Yes, the following provides a breakdown:


  • Read 15 to 20 minutes (see READING thoughts)
  • Review current High Frequency Words (These will be posted in the newsletter each week and on the homework page of the website.)
  • Review basic math facts as per the classroom focus. (These will be posted in the newsletter each week and on the homework page of the website.) 
  • Practice Spelling words (once we begin).


Each child should read to an adult at least 15 minutes, no less than 5 days a week.  As your child grows in vocabulary and ability to read he/she should increase reading to at least 20 minutes a night.  This is in addition to your child being read to each day, as it is important for the children to have reading modeled both at home and at school.  I am not going to send home a reading log, but will expect that each child is reading each day.  I will check in each month with a piece of homework related to a child’s book of his/her choice.

Hands-On Activity:

In addition to reading, on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays I may be sending home an activity that may relate to a story your child reads to you at home, a story or concept that we are working on in reading and language arts, our math focus, our science focus, our history and geography focus, or our Bible focus. Each activity will be designed to take about 10 minutes (this may vary as some children may get really involved with the activity).

The purpose of our homework in first grade is to help teach the children responsibility, emphasize the importance of what we are learning at school, and share what we are learning at school.  I ask that all homework is looked over at home and assisted with at home before returning to school.

Please do not spend long amounts of time on written activities.  If it is taking more than 10 -20 minutes to complete written homework tasks, please stop the activity and contact me to let me know.