Then I give them the blank sentence writing sheet here. There are three different types of worksheets for each word, plus a Mini-Sing Along Songbook for each one.
I just choose one of these worksheets to include into my homework.
First of all, let me establish that my district requires nightly homework at all grade levels, so I really don’t have a choice about whether or not I want to assign it.
The children are supposed to have about 15 minutes of homework nightly.
So it’s one of the best time investments that I could possibly make, in my opinion. There are large flash cards to use in class, and small ones that fit on a single sheet that I can send home with just one click on my xerox machine.
I send home these small flash cards for the kids to cut apart and practice matching up at the beginning of each word family unit.(We usually lose about two per year out of 25-28 kids due to damage or loss.) If a child loses one, he or she then gets a zip lock bag for the rest of the year instead of a nice bag with a handle.When the books come back, I cross out the name and put it back into the correct book, making sure that the child’s index card number matches the copy number on the book, because every now and then the kids get their books switched.They take their books home in library bags with their names taped on them that I purchase from Demco library supplies.They are very sturdy and usually last four or five years, provided that they do not get lost.The children that are struggling do wind up with more, because they also need to drill on letters and sounds, etc., that in order to catch up to the rest of the class.I regret that this is the case, but it is unavoidable, I’m afraid! Second, you will notice that there is a lot more literacy homework than math.On Tuesdays, I usually assign a sentence or two for the children to write.Ideally, it should be very close to what we are going to write about in class on Wednesday during guided writing, because this will make my job just that much easier the next day.To get your free download of the homework cover sheet, This is what the cover sheet for my weekly homework looks like.I change the activities for each day weekly, except that they always take home books to read on Mondays or the beginning of the week, and they always return their homework on Fridays or the last day of the week.