A famous meta-analysis of research on homework, published in 2006 by Harris Cooper and colleagues, found that traditional homework in grades younger than sixth does not contribute to academic achievement. The very weak connection between traditional homework and academic achievement led PASB’s Early Childhood Center and Elementary divisions to stop assigning traditional homework and instead encourage nightly Home Reading.
Research does show that reading nightly has a huge impact on student achievement across the curriculum, as does a parent’s interest in the child’s learning.
Reading experts, Samuels and Wu (2001), say research is clear on the benefits of daily reading, with students picking their own books, reading aloud and listening to a fluent adult reader. When reading, children’s curiosity can be peaked, imagination evoked, and vocabularies built. There is a direct correlation between how much a child reads and their academic achievement.
Some parents say that with no homework, they don’t know what is happening in their child’s class. I suggest that you ask your child specific questions about their learning. Here is a list of ideas (encontre o artigo aqui) of what to talk about. Elementary parents are also encouraged to look on SeeSaw to get glimpses of what students are doing throughout the day and start conversations from there.
If you, as a parent, want to assign your child homework, you are welcome to ask your child’s teacher for suggestions of what might help. However, as a school we believe that children reading, playing sports, spending time with their family, and having a set bedtime will be most beneficial to academic achievement. The Primary Years Program (PYP) supports student agency and building curiosity. Ask your child what they want to learn about at home and dive into the topic together.
Have fun together reading! Enjoy researching your next vacation! Children are only young once, play together and laugh. The learning will come, we promise!
Harris Cooper; Jorgianne Civey Robinson; Erika A Patall. (2006) Does Homework Improve Academic Achievement? A Synthesis of Research, 1987-2003. Review of Educational Research; Spring 2006 (76:1) Research Library Core pg. 1-62.
Samuels, S. J. & Wu, Y. (2001) How the Amount of Time Spent on Independent Reading Affects Reading Achievement: A Response to the National Reading Panel. Minnesota: University of Minnesota.
Preparing to "launch" new initiatives and then hosting two parent meetings sharing the news has resulted in a busy week. PASB sent out the invitations via email on Monday then Thursday and Friday, they came. Parents came in mass. It seems that if you have a message they are curious about, they will come.