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Homework

School and district policies require homework and outside reading on a regular basis. Each teacher has a Homework Policy for his/her classroom that meets these requirements. Your child will bring home a copy of the Homework Policy for his or her classroom during the first few weeks of school.

As part of the instructional program, classroom teachers will assign homework daily for students to complete. Students in the San Diego Unified School District are

also expected to read daily. Your support and encouragement is important to your child's success. Please help him/her establish a routine for homework and provide a good workspace in which to complete the work (a well-lit table or desk away from distractions). Homework is extremely important to your child's progress as it reinforces and extends classroom instruction. In addition, some skills, like reading and math, require daily practice to improve.

Homework expectations for each grade level follow:

Kindergarten:

  • September - December - Daily home reading of approximately 20 minutes is generally reading to your child. Optional homework is given, however, students who are struggling and need additional support should do the homework provided.
  • January - June - Students gradually assume some of the home reading time by practicing leveled books provided by their teachers. It is still important for parents to continue to read to their Kindergarten students daily.

First Grade:
Daily home reading - 20 minutes

Additional time with the following homework assignments is approximately 15 minutes each day:

  • Word study and/or writing practice
  • Daily Math Homelinks
  • Science/social studies projects; approximately two per year

Second Grade:
Daily home reading - 20 minutes

Additional time with the following homework assignments is approximately 20 minutes each day:

  • One writing assignment per week
  • Daily Math Homelinks
  • Science/social studies projects every 6-8 weeks

Third Grade:
Daily home reading - 30 minutes

Additional time with the following homework assignments is approximately 30 minutes each day:

  • Word study work
  • One writing assignment each week
  • Daily Math Homelinks
  • Science/social studies projects every 6-8 weeks

Fourth and Fifth Grades:
Daily home reading - 35 minutes

Additional time with the following homework assignments is approximately 45 minutes each day:

  • Word study work
  • Handwriting (fourth grade only)
  • Writing assignments vary each week - reading response, writing journal entry, Socratic Seminar preparation
  • Daily Math Studylinks
  • Science/social studies projects every 4-6 weeks
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