Homework Q & A

Homework Folders & Planners

 Homework folders and planners should be purchased in the office at the beginning of the year ($5 for planner, $1 for folders). These folders and planners are an important link between home and school, and should be checked and signed nightly so that you know for certain whether your child has any homework or not.  Each morning, students copy homework assignments, reminders, and announcements into their planners.  By signing or initialing the planner each night you are confirming that you have checked your child’s homework and saw that it was completed to the best of his or her ability.  In addition, students will record the book they read each night in their planner.

Homework Questions and Answers

 Q: What is my child's homework?

A:  Homework will include 20 minutes of independent reading, spelling practice, studying multiplication facts, and any unfinished work.  Third grade students are expected to fill out their planner and make sure that parents sign it.

Q: What counts as reading material?

A: Students may read anything that is at their independent reading level.  Students can check out two library books to read at home.  They may also read eBooks that can be found on Tumble Books, located on Glen Arden's Destiny home page.  They can read magazines, novels, pictures books, etc.  Students need to record their reading in their planners.  

Q: How will I know if my child is missing a classroom assignment?

A: Classroom assignments are due when assigned.  However, to accommodate students working at different paces, they will have 1 week from the due date to turn work in.  Please note, students who fail to turn in an assignment will receive a an F on that assignment, without the possibility of getting it changed in the future. Remember to check Power School often to keep track of your child’s work completion.

Nightly Reading

You can help your child's reading comprehension just by discussing the book with your child over dinner or at bedtime.  Discussing literature with children is an excellent way to help children develop their thoughts and opinions and deepen their understanding of the material they read.  For parents, it provides a window into your child’s growing mind and insight into their interests. 

Questions to ask your child:

  • Who is the most important character in the book and why?

  • What are the main problems occurring in the story?  

  • How do you think they will solve their problem?

  • What do you think will happen next and why?

  • Did you think he made a good choice when he …?

  • What information was most important and why? (For non-fiction reading)

  • What information would you like to find out more about and how could you do that?

  • What questions do you have about the information in your book?