The Homework Café EDITABLE Year-Long Bundle-Reading and Math
This 80 page bundle includes a set of NINE months (Sept-May) of homework for 1st Grade. However, because it is editable, it could easily be adapted for Kindergarten or 2nd Grade. It also includes extras like editable homework for the week before a holiday and editable homework that can be assigned over a vacation/break. An editable parent letter is included, in which you can change the requirements to better fit your classroom. A 120 chart is included and a completely editable year- long sight word list broken into small chunks (36 levels with7-9 words per section) that shows the parents which words their child should know by September, which words by the end of October and so on. Any extras that are needed to do the activities are also included, for example a parking lot with numbers on it to play the math game “Park the Car”. Please check out the 6 page preview to get a better look at the pages/activities. This bundle does not include math worksheets for each night. It does provide the math appetizers and desserts. It is designed to fit any classroom, so the Math Main Dish would be math pages that you’ve decided you want your students to do for homework depending on what you use to teach math. The goal of this homework menu system is to assign homework that is differentiated and appropriate for individual students and for homework to NOT be a dreaded time for anyone (parents included)! It has been designed to give families flexibility. A 1s grader should not need to spend more than 20 FOCUSED minutes on homework. Parents can use the menu to their advantage and choose activities that fit their child’s interest and ability. Each Monday, the students will bring home a new homework packet. The menu is divided into Language Arts and Math. There are appetizers which are designed to be fun and engaging with little or no written work. There are main dishes, which are the core concepts, and of course we have to have desserts right? Desserts are optional and are meant to be a challenge. The Word Work activities and Language Arts appetizers are meant to be used along with whatever word list you use in your classroom if you do not want to use the one I have provided. My word list is editable if you want to use my format but change the words. Whether it is a year- long sight word list or a different spelling list each week, this homework will work for you. I use a year- long sight word list. Every other week, I assess the kids on which ten words THEY need to practice and these are the words that are circled on their word list which is included in their homework packet. The circled words are the words that he/she should work on when doing homework. This may seem complicated, but once families do it a few times, they really like it!
The details……(which you can edit in the parent letter if you wanted to)
1. EVERY DAY the students should return the packet. It is easier if
it is kept together. The page for parents to initial, is to be filled out EVERY
NIGHT and initialed by an adult in the appropriate boxes.
This is how you know that homework has been completed.
2. Main dishes are to be done EVERY NIGHT. The Math Main Dish would be one worksheet for each night that YOU have put in the packet depending on what you use to teach Math. We use GO MATH for example, so our homework pages are provided. Reading Main Dish is to read a book from the teacher. This may be the students’ guided reading book, something you let them pick out to read or however you conduct your reading instruction. After the student reads his/ her book to an adult, a parent should ask their child the comprehension question in the box where the parent is to initial. There are 4 different questions for the week. The questions do change throughout the year. No written answer is required.
3. The Word Work is to be done once a week and must be turned in by Friday. The Word Work assignment asks the kids to write their 10 words they are working on and they must choose one of 5 ways to write them (rainbow writing, etc)
4. Once a week, AT LEAST ONE language arts appetizer must be done.
5. Once a week, AT LEAST ONE math appetizer must be done.
6. Desserts may be turned in at any time. Even if it was from previous weeks.
Parents are asked to try to vary the activities that their child is completing each week. The activities change every month, but the students should not be doing
the exact same things over and over and over…………
So if a family has a lot going on on Mondays, then they don’t do any appetizers or word work that night and do it Wednesday because their schedule is less busy that day.
**Be sure to download the 6 page preview to really see what’s included! Enjoy!
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