Who said that homework cannot be fun? Family Homework projects are great incentives to get the whole family involved in a fun homework activity. My students are always so proud to bring back their completed project. I always hang their creations somewhere in or outside of my classroom, for all to see!Here are some Parent Letters that go along with the projects. I send this home and usually give a 1-2 week deadline for the project to be returned.
This was the first homework project for the school year. Families were asked to help decorate a “little person” cut out to represent their child. Each one that returned back truly looked like each of the kiddos in my class. Aren’t they adorable? (I purchased these body templates from Lakeshore.)
“Decorate the Pumpkin” family homework project. These are so cute and creative! (The pumpkin template was made simply with a Microsoft word pumpkin clipart that I enlarged and then copied onto construction paper).
“Decorate the Snowman” Family Project Student Products (This snowman template was hand drawn by another teacher and then copied onto heavy tag paper.)
“Transformed Gingerbread” Student products (This template was just a simple gingerbread man clipart from Microsoft Word that was copied onto heavy tag paper.)
Turkey Project products (This template was found online by a teacher friend of mine. It ended up taking up 2 8×10 sheets of paper, that had to be taped together.)
100 Day of School Project (The students came up with their own ideas for these!)
Homework Choice “Menu’s” – Each grading period, I stapled a homework choice menu to the inside front cover of a composition notebook (the one without metal spirals). I was unable to locate my 1st and 4th nine weeks choice menu’s-urghh! The notebooks were part of the school supply packs that my school required each year. However several years, they were not and so, the summer before, I stocked up at Wal-Mart and bought them for either 25 cents or 40 cents. Each child only went through 2 notebooks during the entire school year. During “meet-the-teacher” and Open House, I explained the expectations of the homework journal: to engage children in the habit of practicing skills each night, but not for more than 15-20 minutes. I had my students work on their homework each night, but then turn in their journals to me on Friday. It was just easier for me to check only one day a week (at the end) instead of daily. And honestly-I did not check for “correct-ness.” I just gave them credit for DOING their homework and turning it in! That is a major accomplishment for 5 and 6 year old children!!!!
Here are your FREEBIEs!!!!!!
Here is what one looks like: The ones above, look a bit different! I changed them up a bit!