Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School Homework Expectations
Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School Homework Policy:
The Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School allows our students to shine by making efficient use of time during the school day. Our goal is for families and children to spend time together by participating in a variety of activities, in addition to scholastic ones, in order to develop the total child. Weekly practice will be assigned for students to continue their learning at home. Students are encouraged to set weekly goals for themselves to promote intrinsic motivation. Through the habits of Beginning with the End in Mind and Putting First Things First, students are able to manage time and take responsibility for their own learning.
Pre-Kindergarten Literacy Tips
- Enjoy reading books to your child every day! Talk about the story and the pictures as you read. Ask your child questions about the story before, during and after reading, such as:
- What do you think will happen next?
- Why do you think the character did that?
- Who were the characters in the book? Where did the story take place?
- What happened at the beginning/middle/end of the story?
- Help your child learn the names of the letters and the sounds the letters make. Turn it into a game, “I’m thinking of a letter and it makes the mmmmmmm sound.”
- Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying the letter’s name and sound. Do this on paper, in sand or on a plate of sugar.
- Make letters out of playdoh, yarn, pipe cleaners, etc.
- Put magnetic letters or flashcards in alphabetical order from A-Z. Practice matching the capital letters with their corresponding lowercase letter.
- Go on a letter hunt. Pick a letter and see how many of that letter you can find in a newspaper, magazine, book, cereal box, etc. Use a marker or crayon to practice circling the letter.
- Go on a sound hunt. Pick a letter of the alphabet, tell what sound the letter makes, and find things around the house that start with that letter.
- Make a collage by cutting pictures out of magazines or catalogs that all start with the same letter.
- Play rhyming games with your child. Pick a word and see how many other words you can think of that rhyme with it. Tell your child 2 words and have him/her decide if the 2 words rhyme or not.
- Practice clapping words and counting how many syllables they have. Whose name has the most syllables in your family? Whose has the least?
- Encourage your child to draw pictures and label the things in them. Or encourage your child to try telling a story about his/her pictures as you write the words to the story. You could also have your child use family photos as an inspiration for writing.
- Practice different kinds of writing. Have your child help write the grocery list or a card/letter for a relative.
Pre-Kindergarten Math Tips
- Play board or card games together that involve counting, moving a certain number of spaces or matching numbers.
- Go on a number hunt. Pick a number 0-9 and have your child practice locating it on whatever you happen to have around the house (remote control, microwave, telephone, etc.) Cereal boxes and other food packages often have lots of numbers!
- Have your child practice counting out loud as high as they can. Our pre-kindergarten goal is to learn to count to 20.
- Count as you do daily activities with your child – the number of steps to the basement, the number of catalogs or letters that come in the mail, the number of plates or bowls you will need to set the table for a family meal.
- Play counting games in the car or as you walk down the street. “Let’s count how many dogs we see between home and school.” “Let’s count how many trucks we see on the way to the store.”
- Collect things in nature – leaves, rocks, shells, etc. When you get home sort them by color, size or type. Try making a pattern with the objects.
- Go on a scavenger hunt for shapes. Ask your child to find things that are triangles, squares, circles and rectangles at home, on car rides, even at the store. Looking for a challenge? Find 3D shapes too, like cylinders, cubes, cones and spheres.
- Help your child practice learning important numbers, such as numbers in their birthday, address and phone number.
- Have your child practice making the number 0-10 out of playdoh, yarn or pipe cleaners. Have them practice tracing the number 0-10 in sand, salt, sugar, whipped cream, etc.
- Practice using time order words such as yesterday, today and tomorrow. Practice describing where things are in the house using positional words such as above, below, top, middle and bottom.