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Educational research has shown conclusively that, a child’s learning is significantly improved where parents are involved in the child’s learning processes.
Homework, is one of the best areas for this active involvement of parents and child. When parents become involved in children’s learning, the children see learning as something important and worthwhile and are much more likely to make progress. A strong bond is created also between parent and child and a sense of teamwork and family pride emerges.
Parental help should be available on a daily basis and should be given with enthusiasm and obvious pleasure. Under no circumstances should it be treated as a chore or a nuisance. Children are very sharp at noticing attitudes and parental indifference can kill the child’s interest and eventually, no help will be sought.
It is school policy that all classes (except entrance class) are regularly given homework and that the relevant teacher will correct this.
Failure to do homework is not seen as a breach of discipline, but repeated failure to do homework will be communicated to parents. It is parents’ responsibility to see that homework is done properly, but children in senior classes should feel responsible for their homework. Teachers will take into account the different capabilities of children when deciding what constitutes acceptable homework. Homework given at weekends (middle & senior classes only) will be mainly based on story composition. Sundays should be kept free from homework. Extra homework will not be given as a form of punishment for breach of discipline as this may lead children to see homework as a punishment and not as a means of reinforcing work learned at school. It is school policy to give a written report on each child from Senior Infants to 6th class at the end of each year. This report will state whether homework was satisfactory or not. A copy of this report will be held in the child’s file. The average maximum time suggested for each class to spend on homework is set out below. However this may vary as children and home circumstances differ greatly.
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