Information about Homework

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Homework, ISB's Policy

Second Graders should read 20 minutes and engage in an additional 15 minutes of home learning each night. These numbers are maximums. Doing less is OK!

Home Reading

Reading should happen Monday through Thursday evenings. In addition to reading, there should be a brief discussion around what your child is reading. A resource, titled, "Questions to Ask the Reader" was shared at open house last week. (see below) This resource can be accessed by clicking on the Home Reading link at the top of the class website. It is a resource for parents to help with meaningful discussion around literature. One side is for fiction and one side is for non-fiction. Reading and discussion should last a around 20 minutes. If your child cannot easily discuss texts they read, they are not comprehending them and you should contact Mr. Hagen! Remember that reading is much more than just decoding words on the page...reading is thinking! Many children can read beautifully, but are only comprehending what they read on a surface level.
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Home Learning Organizers

A home learning organizer will come home each night. (see below for a picture) It needs to be initialed by you Monday through Thursday and returned to school in your child's take home folder. Your child was given one today and tonight should be the first time that you see it.
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15 minutes of math practice on Dreambox should happen on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Access Dreambox through the link on the right hand side of this webpage if your child is going to use a computer. If you'd like to put the app on your i-pad, you will find instructions in your child's take home folder. You need our school's access code in order to use the app for free on an i-pad. You will be prompted to input the code after you download the app from the app store. Students are very familiar with how to use the app on an i-pad and this is the best way for students to practice. Students will need his/her student ID number each time he/she will login.

login: student ID number (written down on the instructions in your child's take home folder)

password: lower case isb followed by student ID number

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HABL What is HABL? Part of ISB's Mission Statement is to lead healthy, active and balanced lives. ISB works to inspire students to be well rounded and engage in healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices. Our class had a discussion about this and how this fits into home learning. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to help with some non-traditional forms of home learning. (see below for ideas)

ISB Mission Statement:

Through outstanding teaching in a nurturing environment, ISB inspires students to:

  • achieve their academic potential
  • be passionate, reflective learners
  • become caring global citizens
  • lead healthy, active and balanced lives

15 minutes of any HABL activity should happen on Tuesday and Thursday nights. It's OK if your busy lives do not permit this, but it's something ISB values and promotes for all students. Your family's values and routines are the most important though.

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