To get your free download of the homework cover sheet, This is what the cover sheet for my weekly homework looks like.
I change the activities for each day weekly, except that they always take home books to read on Mondays or the beginning of the week, and they always return their homework on Fridays or the last day of the week.
(We usually lose about two per year out of 25-28 kids due to damage or loss.) If a child loses one, he or she then gets a zip lock bag for the rest of the year instead of a nice bag with a handle.
When the books come back, I cross out the name and put it back into the correct book, making sure that the child’s index card number matches the copy number on the book, because every now and then the kids get their books switched.
So when I make my homework, I think about my lesson plans, or visa versa.
I ask the parents to help their child write a sentence, such as I did in the Tuesday box above.The children that are struggling do wind up with more, because they also need to drill on letters and sounds, etc., that in order to catch up to the rest of the class.I regret that this is the case, but it is unavoidable, I’m afraid! Second, you will notice that there is a lot more literacy homework than math.The card tells the name of the book and the copy number of the book. When the children check out their books, they are asked to write their names on the index card.Then I keep the index cards in a little file box and clip them together by color group.They take their books home in library bags with their names taped on them that I purchase from Demco library supplies.They are very sturdy and usually last four or five years, provided that they do not get lost.You can download some sample pages from one of these books here. I plan my math homework based on what the children seem to need to practice the most.This week, my students needed to work on number formation and writing the numbers from memory, so I gave them a worksheet that would give them an opportunity to practice that. As you can see, each night also has a few instructions for the parents on how to help their child do the assignment. A few weeks ago, I sent home some xeroxed shapes in different sizes and colors and asked parents to help their children practice sorting.I give them Rapid Automatic Naming (RAN) boards to have their children read, and change them out each month.I think this really helps some children learn to sound out words more easily because of the continued practice, and it goes very quickly once they get good at it. I do guided reading with my class, and we check out books for them to take home.