I struggle every year on what to do for homework. Part of me thinks they should do homework every night to help build responsibility and to help them understand the importance of homework and doing well in school. Then another part of me thinks they're so young and so many of them don't have parents willing or able to help them....so the struggle continues.
Last year I tried something new.
I had created this Chapter Book and Picture Book Literature Circle Pack a year and a half ago:
There are several jobs for students to do and one of the jobs is Artsy Arnold where my kiddos have to write "My favorite detail is..." and draw a picture of their favorite part of the book or chapter. I started using this 'job' as homework towards the end of last year since it was something my kiddos could completely do on their own and it meant I didn't have to use a traditional reading log!!
I loved it! And my parents did too!
My kiddos didn't have to just read and get a parent signature anymore. They had to think about their favorite part of the story, write a sentence about it, and draw a picture. All on their own!! :)
This year I decided to start this right at the beginning of the year so I created a reading homework log. My kiddos will just write the title of the story and draw a picture for now. I will add more to it as the year goes on.
You can click on the picture below to download the freebie if you would like to use it:
It's nothing fancy, but it helps my kiddos be more independent and I love that!
Before I go, I have to share this wonderful laminator I received from MyBinding. It works wonderfully and I love it!
It was so easy to use. I plugged it in, waited a few minutes until the light turned on, placed my papers in the pouches that came with the laminator and sent them through! So easy!
I was lucky to try this laminator out and I highly recommend it. It has done a fabulous job on everything I have sent through it. You can click *HERE* to go purchase it now! You won't be sorry! :)