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How Much Time Should My Child Spend on Homework

The time of day selected for studying should match your child's best time for concentration. More important then the specific time is that it be part of a routine, scheduled and done at the same time each day.

Bell Schedules

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Section 5 of Article IX or the State of California Constitution

Section 5 of Article IX or the State of California Constitution guarantees students a “free public education.”  The State Supreme Court concluded in the 1984 case of Hartzell v. Connell (35 Cal.3d.899 (1984)), “that all educational activities carried on by public school districts, extra-curricular as well as curricular, must be without cost to the students who participate in such activities.” This same ruling found that “mandatory fees for participating in such extra-curricular activities as drama, music and athletic competition were illegal under the State Constution.”  Furthermore, they also rejected the argument that “fees could be charged so long as the district waived fees for students who were financially unable to pay.”

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Middle School Children

School children

  • Have a high level of emotional and physical energy
  • Can be intensely curious
  • Prefer active over passive learning experiences
  • Have a wide range of individual intellectual development
  • Can be erratic and inconsistent in their behavior
  • Refer to peers as sources of standards and models of behavior.
  • Can be rebellious towards parents but still strongly dependent on parental values
  • Can be essentially curious and idealistic.
  • Can be moody and restless.

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Homework

What is Homework?

Homework is one way for a student to master a skill or a subject through and extended practice. Homework consists of reading and writing exercises and activities that reinforce what has been or will be introduced in the classroom. Homework may also include things such as watching assigned television program, participating in civic projects, and attending events.

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Where Should My Child Study?

The place selected for doing homework should be lit with a good surface for writing and a comfortable but firm chair- no lounging. It should be stocked with study equipment such as pencils, pens, paper, dictionary, thesaurus, and atlas, near other resource books. The study place should be private, away from distractions such as the telephone, television, or music. But it should be public enough so that you can monitor activity, making sure that quality work is underway.

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HOMEWORK CLUB

Homework Club in the Library

Does your child need a quiet place to study and receive homework assistance?  Then the Homework Club is the answer for you!  Students may attend on a drop-in basis Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.  All students who report to school prior to 8:15 a.m. will be escorted to Homework Club. 

There is no Homework Club on late-start Thursdays. 

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How Much Homework Should My Child Expect?

By the time a student is in middle school grades, he/she should be spending about one hour per day on assignments. By high school, the homework load grows to two or more hours daily.