- To consolidate work being done at school
- To keep parents in touch and involved in their children’s work
- To develop and encourage the habit of independent study
- It enables them to learn how to organise and use free time.
Guidelines for Teachers:
- Homework should be an integral part of the subject being taught and given in order to consolidate work done – not as an exercise in isolation
- Homework should never be given unless the teacher has thoroughly prepared and explained what is to be done.
- Homework must be consistent – a small amount and given in such a way as to form a pattern for the children so that they are more likely to remember it.
- Teachers will check that homework is being done and will give extra help where difficulties occur.
Guidelines for Parents:
- Establish a set routine and time for the child to do his/her homework, in a quiet place free from distractions
- Supervise children’s homework, checking and signing it on completion
- Help and encourage the child but not to do the homework for him/her
- Forward a note to the teacher if homework has not been completed due to unforeseen circumstances.
Time spent on homework is relative to your child’s age. Your child will gradually become more independent in doing homework. Please contact the teacher if you feel that your child is persistently experiencing difficulties.
Junior Infants 10 – 15 minutes
Senior Infants 15 – 25 minutes
First and Second 30 minutes
Third and Fourth 30 – 45 minutes
Fifth class 45 minutes – 1 hour
Sixth class 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes (max.)
Homework is given from Monday to Thursday. Normally there is no homework at weekends; however, children in middle and senior classes may sometimes be required to work independently on projects at weekends.
- Find a time when you are both relaxed.
- Make sure that there are no distractions.
- Sit comfortably, making sure that you can both see the text and illustrations clearly.
- Talk about the book, the cover, the title, the author and the illustrations.
- Read the story or allow the child to read it for you.
- Play guessing games. Guess what the story might be about. Stop in the middle of the story and guess what might happen next. Guess what might happen after the story is over.
- Talk about the story, the best part, the funniest part, the saddest part, etc.
- Talk to the child about whether he/she liked the story or not.
- Sign the journal.