Homework often works as the bridge that joins the school with parents. It is important because it can serve as a window through which a parent can observe his or her child’s progress and express positive support towards a child’s achievements and hard work. At Rowntree Montessori Schools, we believe that there are times when homework can play an important role in the development of a child’s success.
There are many positive attributes of homework. Firstly, it promotes practice and participation in learning tasks that may need additional time and effort, often in the mastery of basic skills, such as reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. It can also help improve a child’s ability to independently get organized, help a child learn how to set priorities when needing to complete a work from home project, and give a student the chance to problem solve independently. It can also help strengthen a student’s sense of responsibility and improve development of personal skills such as time management. It also offers the school an opportunity to let parents know what their children are learning, and can be used to share updates about other class activities and school policies. Importantly, homework gives parents a chance to see what their child is learning in school.
At RMS, we ensure that homework reinforces skills taught in class and provides an opportunity for students to apply newly gained knowledge without the teacher’s supervision. Regular completion of homework often leads students to better success rates on tests and quizzes. We offer a progressive and broad curriculum at our school, and we know that there is a time and a place for both completion of homework and involvement in various extra-curricular activities. We ensure that each teacher considers this balance each week when determining the homework that is required, and that each child has an opportunity for both academic and extra-curricular success.