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Homework Policy

The Belmont-Redwood Shores School District Homework Policy serves as the framework for Nesbit’s K - 5 and 6-8th grade homework policy.  Nesbit has built its K - 5 homework policy based upon a review of current literature regarding the impact of homework on academic achievement for grades K - 5 and a review of Nesbit’s achievement data on California’s academic tests.  

Based upon a review of both, Nesbit has determined that the most important homework for children to engage in is reading for grades TK - 8.   Reading homework is, therefore, assigned daily including weekends and vacations.  Children will be sent home with books to read at their reading levels from the classroom nightly.  In grades K - 5, Math and writing homework is assigned by the teacher on an as determined basis.  However, parents can generally expect children to have math homework several times a week (if not daily) and writing homework at a minimum several times per month.  Long-term projects may also be assigned.   Homework for grades 6-8 in all core content areas can be expected nightly.

 

Of the homework assigned by Nesbit teachers in grades K - 5, the most critical homework that should always be done is the reading homework. If a K - 5 family is lacking in time, reading homework should be done first.

 

The following homework guidelines are generally followed at Nesbit:
 

Kindergarten -- reading homework is 15-20 minutes per night including weekends and vacations.  

 

1st grade -- reading homework is 20-30 minutes per night including weekends and vacations.  Math is assigned on a weekly basis.  Families can expect math to take 10-15 minutes per week.  Writing is assigned daily in 1st grade.  

 

2nd - 3rd grade -- reading homework is 20-30 minutes per night including weekends and vacations.  Math homework is assigned weekly and is expected to take approximately 15-20 minutes per week.  Writing homework is assigned daily and can be expected to take 10 minutes per night. 10 minutes of typing practice per night is also encouraged.

 

4th - 5th grade -- reading homework is 30 minutes per night including weekends and vacations.  Math homework is assigned nightly and is expected to take approximately 15 minutes per night.  Writing homework is assigned daily and can be expected to take 10 minutes per night. 10 minutes of typing practice per night is encouraged.  Children who finish their classroom assignments early may be allowed to complete their nightly homework in class.  bases

 

K - 5th grade -- Parents are also encouraged to have their children spend a small portion of the day (5 minutes) memorizing addition and subtraction math facts to 20 for grades K-2.  Parents of children in grades 3-5 are encouraged to have their children spend time memorizing multiplication facts to 12 x 12.  The use of websites or apps are encouraged.

 

6th - 8th  -- reading at home is a minimum of 30 minutes per night including weekends and vacation.  Math homework is assigned daily and expected to take approximately 30 minutes per day.  20 minutes of social studies and science homework twice a week.  Quick write is assigned daily for 15 minutes per night.  10 minutes of typing practice per night.