As teachers, we know how hard our students work each day. We also know that fine-motor, gross-motor, and social-emotional skills are just as important as academic skills…especially with our young learners. These critically important skills are often pushed to the side at school and at home.
I created these EDITABLE experience-based homework calendars to address the non-academic skills my students were missing, as well as, comply with our school’s “Homework Policy”. Additionally, these calendars respect that our students lead incredibly busy and scheduled lives outside of school and need opportunities to be kids!
Included in this resource
*10 months of Editable homework calendars (August thru May or September thru June). These “calendars” are formatted as choice boards, giving families and students flexibility when…or if…they complete the 16 activities (averaging four activities each week).
*Editable at-home reading star chart
*Editable letter to families explaining these experience-base homework calendars
*Editable monthly choice board (not month or theme specific)
*A completion certificate
*Story and list paper (to attach to monthly calendars)
(Note – all editable resources are in a separate PowerPoint file. To match, download KG Primary Penmanship and KG Second Chances Solid fonts for free on Teachers Pay Teachers.)
Although many of the activities can be completed independently, several activities each month require adult supervision or support. Therefore, these calendars may not work for every classroom or student population.
If you have any questions or requests, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brown-Bag Teacher
***For other resources for the primary classroom, check out my Primary Math Centers, Differentiated 120s Chart and Making 10 Centers & Assessment.
Starting in February, 2008, the first grade team at Swift Creek Elementary will be sending home a monthly homework calendar each month instead of the weekly worksheets because research shows that worksheets don't raise student achievement in the lower grades, and research shows that worksheets don't guarantee learning. There is a notion that homework helps teach responsibility, and with your child completing Home Reading every night and returning their home reading folder everyday, we feel they are learning how to be responsible with that. Instead of worksheets, which require low levels of thinking skills, we have created monthly homework calendars to create higher level thinking opportunites at home. The monthly homework calendar schedule is designed to be completed on your family's timetable in a "pick and choose" fashion. Some of the activities are oral, written and/or research based, and prior to returning the homework calendar for the month, parents must initial or sign the calendar before turning it in.
My Monthly Homework Calendars
Homework Calendar Template (doc)
September Homework Calendar
October Homework Calendar
November Homework Calendar
December Homework Calendar
January Homework Calendar
February Homework Calendar
March Homework Calendar
April Homework Calendar
May Homework Calendar
June Homework Calendar
July Homework Calendar
Other Monthly Homework Calendars
Science Homework Calendars from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Kindergarten Homework Calendars from www.kellyskindergarten.com
Mr. Lyons' Homework Calendars
Dr. Jean's Homework Calendar - March (more at www.drjean.org)
Dr. Jean's February Family Homework Project (more at www.drjean.org)
Other Homework Options
The There are a lot of other things out there, here are few links to some of the other stuff out there:
Compact for Reading - grade K (100 pages)
Compact for Reading - grade 1 (99 pages)
Compact for Reading - grade 2 (100 pages)
Compact for Reading - grade 3 (100 pages)
The first grade program at Swift Creek Elementary includes an important home component called Home Reading. Each night, Monday through Thursday, your child will be home a plastic, durable Home Reading folder which will contain two books, a Higher Order Thinking Skills: HOTS fan for questioning, a home reading directions sheet and a reading strategy card. The first book is a book for your child to read to you, it is a book on your child's independent reading level. The second book is a Parent Read-Aloud for you to read to your child. Research shows that reading to your child well after they become a reader increases reading fluency and comprehension. The Home Reading program would be not be successful without parent help. Parent volunteers are needed to read and listen to students read everyday from 9:30-11:00am.
Home Reading Directions Page
Home Reading Givens
Home Reading Folder Cover Sheet (tape to cover of HR folders)
Home Reading Folders (they last all year)
Nightly Reading Calendar Sheet (from www.drjean.org)
Connections for Homework Success
Grade 1 Connections - published by Wake County Public Schools. Creating Good Homework habit section is on page 2.
Elementary Connections - K-5, Wake County Public Schools
Word Wall Words
Phonological and phonemic awareness, spelling patterns and phonics rules are taught in the Word Work portion of the first grade balanced literacy block. This is an important component of our balanced literacy block because students learn to manipulate letters and sounds so they may be able to create rhymes, blend and segment letters and sounds, substitute beginning and ending sounds, and delete sounds. Click here for weekly word wall words, order and sequence in first grade.
Common consonant ending blends: -ng, -nk, -mp, -lt, -st
Common consonant beginning blends: bl, gr, st, tw, sp, fl
Common vowel word chunks: ai, ou, ow, oy, ee, ea, oi
Common consonant word chunks: ch, sh, th, wh, ck
High Frequency Sight Words
Click here to see a list of the first 150 words that students should be able to read and write fluently.
Lightning Words are the 35 sight words from Kindergarten. At the beginning of first grade, we spend 3 weeks before officially starting first grade Wall Wall Words reviewing and relearning these Kindergarten words. We call them Lightning words because we want students to know them as fast as lightning.