Lyme School Handbook
Of all the
questions families ask school personnel, those
about homework rank near the top in frequency.
This guideline has been created in hopes of putting
forward some clear answers. A mixture of philosophy
and classroom/grade level procedures and expectations
follows. All times are merely suggested guidelines.
The Lyme School
- Homework (home learning
activities) as an integral part of the school
curriculum. The purposes of homework are to
enhance learning, aid in skill mastery, stimulate
student interest, exploration, problem solving,
and promote successful, independent study
- The importance of
developing good study habits and responsibility
for assignments, beginning at an early age.
- The amount of time
spent on homework should increase gradually
through the grades.
- The need for children
to have free time at home to engage in play
and other activities. Important learning can
take place in many varied settings.
- The need to inform
parents or guardians of homework guidelines
related to their child's grade. The guidelines
should be clear and reasonable for students
Grades K-8: To
encourage reading, our school encourages students
to read, or be read to, for pleasure 30 minutes
"assignments". These would be of the
show and tell variety. Home learning activities
are encouraged with an emphasis on parents or
older siblings reading to the child.
1 and 2 (10-20
minutes, 1-2 times per week): Occasional school-related
assignments will be given to students in grades
1 and 2. It is important for children to be
encouraged to follow through. While assignments
related to skill practice are not intended
to extend beyond 15 minutes, occasional projects
may engage children for longer periods of
time. Longer-term assignments completed in
school in segments are introduced.
- Grades 3 and 4 (30-40
minutes, 3-4 times per week): In grades 3-4,
more emphasis is placed onhomework related
to reading, math, language arts, science and
social studies. Homework begins to be expected
as part of the overall educational program
and the responsibility for noting and completing
assignments shifts to students. Long-term
assignments with structured assistance for
planning time and tasks begins in grade 4.
- Grades 5 and 6 (30-60
minutes, 3-4 times per week): In grades 5
and 6, homework expands from a focus on developing
the habit and routine of school-related home
activity to homework as an extension of the
school curriculum. Expectations for quality
increase. Students experience an increase
in long-term assignments with an emphasis
on teacher assisted and student planning.
- Grades 7 and 8 (60-90
minutes, 5 times a week, with occasional weekend
assignments): In grades 7 and 8 the emphasis
is on organizational and independent learning
skills. Responsibility, self-discipline and
quality issues are expanded. Long-term projects
with an interdisciplinary focus become more
frequent with emphasis on student generated
planning and follow-through.
- Students taking Algebra
should expect to have an additional 30 minutes
of homework a night.
the type and length of the assignment and
the student's rate of work vary from student
to student. Some students may need more
time for homework on certain nights. More
than the suggested time spent on homework
per night is not intended. A note from home
will excuse the child for that evening,
but the student will still need to complete
the assignment. Work habits, planning, use
of class and study hall time and school
absences can have a dramatic effect on the
amount of time a student spends on homework.
homework is never used as a means of punishment,
students who do not complete in-school assignments
may be asked to complete these at home.
The Lyme Education
Association offers an afterschool study hour once
a week, on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm, for students
in grades 4-8. Pick up time is 4:00 pm. If students
stay after school for study hall, transportation
will be the responsibility of the parents.
students who find that homework directions are
unclear should feel free to contact the teacher
or another student. Middle School homework assignments
are also posted on our website: https://sites.google.com/a/lymeschool.org/lyme-school-homework/Home