Hawthorne Elementary School

REACH Homework

HW is Important – It demonstrates students’ independent mastery of material and helps develop organizational habits.
HW is Required – A Think Sheet will be given to students who do not complete their homework twice in a trimester. Bring the Think sheet and homework the next day with parent signature.
One Free HW pass each trimester-Good for one additional evening to complete assignment. If pass is unused at the end of trimester, student earns 5 tally points.
How will I know if my child has homework?Your child will write the homework, which is posted on the whiteboard, and its due date in their assignment notebook. Homework and due dates will also be posted on the main page of this website on the right column.

How often do the students receive homework?Typically, math students will have homework daily. Additionally, ELA students will have some long and short-term assignments. 

Should I help my child with their homework? I prefer that your child try to complete all homework independently.This helps me to support their learning. Your child is better able to recognize what they do not know and reflect on understanding. I would rather your child ask me questions during or after class so I can help. Please contact me if there's a struggle. 

How much time should my child spend on homework? REACH math is an accelerated curriculum so homework is necessary to keep the pace. Math homework should not exceed 20 minutes daily. For LA, a combination of silent reading and reading aloud is one way to improve your child's vocabulary and comprehension. You may ask your child some questions about what s/he is reading: (What do you think will happen next? Who is your favorite character and why? If you were this character what would you do differently? Does this book remind you of any other books that s/he has read?)

Does my child need to memorize math facts?Yes, your child will be expected to know their math facts from 0-12 this year. The easiest way to do this is by using flash cards. Divide the cards into two piles--those they got correct and those they either hesitated to answer or got incorrect. Go over the cards they are having trouble with again to see if they can get them correct. Mastery is 3 seconds.