ERIC Number: ED241456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Kindergarten Weekly Homework.
Newark Unified School Dist., CA.
THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THIS DOCUMENT: The kindergarten staff at H. A. Snow School has devised a series of homework idea sheets, to accompany the readiness program that is taught weekly in the kindergarten classrooms. Beginning in early October, we introduce an alphabet letter each Monday. During the week, all subject areas are focused on that "Letter of the Week." On Monday each child is given a homework sheet with various ideas the parents can carry out at home during that week. Parents mark the activities they accomplished with their child and return the sheet on Friday. Parents are encouraged to write comments to us about the activities. Returned homework sheets are checked by the teacher, entered in a log, and returned to the child to take home. There are several purposes for this homework. One purpose is to stimulate and develop a positive partnership between students, parents, and teachers. Parents of five-year-olds are very interested in helping their children at home. The homework is an organized and sequential response to parents who ask, "What can I do to help my child at home?" Also, we, as kindergarten teachers, would like to help the families become aware of the joys and rewards of parents and children working together. This might involve anything from trying to juggle during "J" week to stepping on a scale to learn your weight during "W" week. One parent's comment helped us feel our program was truly worthwhile when she wrote, "Denise, as always, enjoys doing her homework. I also enjoy helping her. It gives me a lot of pleasure and satisfaction to see her eagerness to learn. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work together!!" This program was selected by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Task Force on Public Confidence as descriptive of a promising practice or exemplary project worthy of highlighting for the California educational community. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Newark Unified School Dist., CA.