- Children need active play every day.
- Children should read for pleasure and/or be read to every day.
- Children should follow their passions and have choice in what they want to learn after 3:00 p.m.
- Family time is important.
What does the research on home learning support?
- Reading has the single greatest impact on student achievement.
- Unstructured, imaginative, child-centred play and physical activity enhances student performance and leads to better behavioral choices.
- The brain develops throughout childhood with active play and exercise.
- Students often sacrifice time for authentic reading in order to complete their homework.
- Traditional homework can foster misconceptions that are difficult to reteach and relearn.
To this end, home learning in the Lower School at AISZ:
- Includes inquiry, exploration and practice.
- Extends learning from school to home in meaningful ways.
- Promotes the desire to continue learning.
- Allows time for children to develop a variety of talents and interests outside the school day.
- Supports good reading habits.
What can home learning look like?
- Interviewing family members about topics being investigated.
- Collecting objects or artifacts to support learning in the classroom.
- Discussing inquiry questions at the dinner table.
- Reflecting on what they have learned at school.
- Exploring and researching their own interests.
- Playing games and cards that involve logic, strategy, word play and math.
- Exploring Mathematical thinking through real-life experiences.
- Reading, reading, reading……