• Oak Knoll Homework Agreement (updated) 2017-18:

    Kindergarten:

    At Oak Knoll we believe that kindergarteners should spend time at home looking at books, enjoying books with his/her family and reading.

    We believe kindergarten students…

    • Must read or be read to daily.
    • Should not be assigned homework with the exception of the occasional special project like Star of the Week or 100th day assignment.
    • Should be encouraged to do chores.

    1st-2nd grade:

    At Oak Knoll we believe that 1st and 2nd graders should spend time, at home, enjoying books with his/her family and practicing their reading daily. Outside of reading and math fact practice, 1st and 2nd grade students will not be assigned any other homework with the exception of the occasional special project like Star of the Week, ancestor project, etc. If your child isn’t finishing his/her classwork, the teacher will communicate directly with you to work this out appropriately. Classwork should not consistently turn into homework.

    We believe 1st and 2nd grade students...

    • Must read everyday at home!
    • May be asked to complete a book recommendation log each week.
    • Need to practice their math facts. Math fact practice might be sent home depending on your child’s needs and grade level expectations.
    • Should be encouraged to do chores, as well as other school-home accountability activities.

    3rd-5th grade:

    At Oak Knoll we believe that 3rd-5th graders should spend time, at home, reading books of interest, at their independent reading level. Outside of reading, math fact practice, and math skills review, students will not be assigned any other homework with the exception of the occasional special project like a book report, subject-specific project, etc. Projects like these should not be regularly assigned homework. If your child isn’t finishing his/her classwork, the teacher will communicate directly with you to work this out appropriately. Classwork should not consistently turn into homework.

    We believe that 3rd-5th graders...

      • Must read at home everyday! Students will set a reading goal and participate in reading books to meet his/her goal, (teachers will set this up in class). Students will keep track of their books and be asked to read books in many genres.
      • Need to practice their math facts. Math fact practice might be sent home depending on your child’s needs and grade level expectations.
      • Need to practice math skills. Therefore teachers may send home 1-2 pages of math homework. The answers to the math homework will also be provided to students. This system of checking homework at home and bringing it back corrected will be covered in class with the students.
      • Need to build healthy home study habits. This preparation will happen in class and is a way for students to carry some responsibility.

     

    Please note: 5th grade students receiving the Compacted 5/6a math curriculum should expect to receive consistent math homework directly related to the curriculum taught in class. If students are enrolled in the band or orchestra, daily instrumental practice is expected (more info will be shared by your child's music teacher).

     

    Opportunities to practice skills at home:

    These resources are recommended by our staff. Scholarships are available as needed.

     

    • DreamBox for personalized, adaptive, Common-Core aligned activities (students have access using a log-in).
    • Motion Math app suite for practicing specific skills (these are the apps recommended by Jo Boaler)
    • Xtra Math for pure math fact practice, does have a speed component that should not be emphasized (the website is free; the app is paid).
    • Epic! provides a nice assortment of e-book titles, from picture books, to "read to me" books, to audio books, to chapter books.  This app is free at school, but requires a paid subscription ($4.99/month) at home.
    • Star Fall provides support and practice for new and developing readers.
    • Book Creator app as a way to make writing fun at home.  Students can type in text (or use voice to text, depending on the version of their iPad), add photos or draw illustrations, record their voice reading their story (great for K-1 kiddos whose text might be hard to decipher!), and add other embellishments.