Lenasia Muslim School Homework Policy
Homework is an essential component of the learning process. Very often the “homework” given to learners is misconstrued as a form of punishment they have to endure for noise or some mischief in the classroom. Homework should not only reinforce the subject – matter taught at school but also consolidate and help the learner internalize the content so that it becomes meaningful.
The Homework Policy of the school is designed to make the student self-reliant and teach him / her the skill of self-discipline.
Homework can become a burden to learners if “too much” is given. A negative attitude towards homework will develop if it deprives learners of recreational time after school.
The homework policy of the school is therefore not very prescriptive but the guidelines below will enable educators to distribute the homework in such a way that learners find it easy to cope.
Grades 1 – 3 (Foundation Phase). As a rule homework should not be given in this phase. Educators may however request pupils to read words / books. Learn their spelling / cut out articles from magazines / newspapers, etc. It is important to develop the “work ethic” in our children at an early age.
Grades 4 / 5 : 1 hour a day.
Grades 6 / 7 : 1½ hours a day.
Grades 8 / 9 : 2 hours a day.
Grades 10 / 11/ 12 : 3 hours a day.
In the F.E.T. Phase, learners may be inundated with homework especially in Grade 12 where Portfolio Work, preparation for Orals, Tests, and Examinations all have to be completed at home. (See attached article on Homework).
N.B.: PROJECT WORK:
1. The project work done at home forms part of the homework time allocation.
2. Educators must ensure that proper directions are given to learners when project work is given. A roneoed sheet detailing inter alia: resources to be used; Bibliography; due dates; research notes, etc. will direct learners to adequately cope with the project.
3. Parents may assist and supervise project work done at home but must not do the project for the learner.
4. Group Projects must be done at school.
5. All Homework given should be properly controlled by the Educator.
Homework is a necessary part of learning and when students het the “homework habit” they are learning just more than Maths, Science or Literature. They are learning Study Skills, Self-Discipline and Independence. Helping students build good homework skills is one of the most important ways parents can help their children do better in school
- Homework help students learn more
- When students review material at home,
- They remember it longer and understand it better
- Homework teaches students that learning takes place everywhere. Through regular homework assignments, students see that learning takes place in the home and in the community as well as in the classroom.
- Homework teaches self-discipline. Let’s face it-some days it’s tough to sit down and study. But when a student get’s into the habit of regular homework, she learns the rewards of self-discipline.
- Homework teaches students to use their time wisely. Planning is an important skill for completing homework … and for success in life.