Your role: Continue to help your child build independence. Be supportive, but put your child in charge of completing homework.
Fourth Grade Homework
In fourth grade, many teachers transition into communicating primarily with students about homework and assignments. Teachers elevate the focus on time management and organizational skills. Your child must keep track of homework each day. Nightly math homework becomes more complex (covering geometric figures, introduction to decimals, fractions and percentages, and more) and should take 20-30 minutes, and other homework and projects will take additional time. Your child should read for at least 20 minutes each night.
Your role: Continue to build independence and encourage your child’s responsibility in keeping track of homework assigned and upcoming projects. Be available for support.
Fifth Grade Homework
In fifth grade, homework is meant to prepare students for middle school. Students are expected to do math (decimals, fractions, percentages, ratios, and more), maintain a planner or organizational system, study for quizzes, and read every night. Projects give fifth-grade students an opportunity to research, plan and complete bigger tasks that take several nights or weeks.
Your role: Uphold a consistent homework routine, check your child’s planner to ensure its proper and effective use, and be available for homework questions.
Homework is a great way for you to stay apprised of what your child is learning in school, and it is also a big part of your child’s life as a student. If you are unsure about the extent of your role at homework time, talk to your child’s teacher. When homework is a family priority, your child benefits and becomes a more responsible, independent, and successful student.