This Common Core aligned homework calendar can be passed out on the first day of the month and collected on the last day of the month.
I used this in my first grade classroom and I had a very positive experience with my students and families. It was meaningful and family centered.
I simply asked parents to initial each calendar box as it was completed and they could attach any work they wanted me to see. The reading log was copied onto the backside and needed to be filled out to receive full credit.
For Winter Break you could cross out weeks you would like your students to skip or ask them to return it in January. I left most of the weeks so you could decide.