We know our students have busy lives. We also know that homework/home learning can be a major cause of stress and anxiety. We do not want to be the cause of this stress and anxiety and consequently other than regular reading, we will no longer be setting home learning for our classes.
We will still have home learning folders or books. We will use these to communicate with you about what is going on at school, and it will be a place for you and your child to record the reading you do together. We would like to change the focus of this a little and ask that YOU read to your child, rather than them reading to you. Make this a fun time, enjoying the book or story together. Talk about your favourite parts or the pictures. Readingto children, even up to 14 years of age, is the most effective way to increase their vocabulary and reading skills.
We know that there will be some parents and some children who will want a little more. We hope you will find the following links helpful if you are looking for a little something extra. Please feel free to record what you have done in the communication book but be aware they will not be marked by the class teacher.
Cooking is an excellent after school activity that not only teaches an important life skill, but is an authentic context for reading and maths skills. This site has has cool cooking ideas for children of all ages. www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/kids-cooking-camp-home/
Some children LOVE to do homework (yes, this is true!) and you may not want them to be on the computer too much. ESA has published some excellent resource books aimed at New Zealand children - find out more HERE.
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