Grades K - 3
In 2007, Alfie Kohn, a progressive educator wrote,
"The negative effects of homework are well known. They include children’s
frustration and exhaustion, lack of time for other activities, and possible loss of
interest in learning. Many parents lament the impact of homework on their
relationship with their children; they may also resent having to play the role of
enforcer and worry that they will be criticized either for not being involved
enough with the homework or for becoming too involved."
At SKTCS we value the home life of our students and therefore have instituted a no homework policy. Instead, families are encouraged to read together, complete puzzles, go on a walk/hike, explore the outdoors, play at a park, visit a museum, play board games, or just go out to dinner and enjoy each other’s company.
Teachers will communicate with families on a weekly or daily basis to share what learning has happened in school. Families are invited to extend that learning at home by asking students to share, teach, or interview you about what you know or think about the topic.
At this age we recognize that students must begin to gain independence and academic stamina. Students are expected to participate fully in their learning and demonstrate mastery of content areas.
In grades 4 - 8 students who do not demonstrate mastery will have work sent home for practice. This work will not be graded, but parents are required to sign-off that they have seen it. The purpose of this is to include the family in the student’s areas of need and to start a conversation about how to bolster student performance.
Additionally, students in grades 4 - 8 who are unable to complete required assignments during class time will have their work sent home. This work is required to be completed at home, signed by an adult, and returned to school the next day. Teachers will be clear about whether an assignment is incomplete or for practice.