Have you heard of Primary Success? It's a great website run by a retired Grade 1 teacher by the name of Jean Roberts. She lives about 100 k north of me in a town called Nanaimo.
Not only does Jean have lots of primary resources for sale, she's also very generous with her freebies.
One product she sells, which I've used off and on over the years, is her Homework Calendar. Here in BC we're not mandated to send work home until Grade 4:
I completely agree with our Ministry's philosophy around homework. I think primary-age children should be going home to play outside, draw, paint, read, chat with Mom and Dad or go off to a movie or the park.
But some kids need a little extra boost and, of course, it's always a good idea to try and establish a bit of a school work ethic, or habit, during the early years.
For this reason, I think Jean's Homework Calendars are perfect. Each day there's a little task to do. None of the tasks take very long and there's lots of variety. I tell the parents it's completely optional, but if they choose to have their children participate then they're to send the calendar sheet back to school with an initial beside each day, showing that their child completed the daily homework.
Not everyone chooses to participate and that's fine. Some families are extremely busy with sports and dance classes and what have you. But other families choose to make it a priority and that's great, too.
Here's what September's pages look like:
Just click HERE, then click on "shop", "Grade 1" then scroll down to Homework Calendars on page 4.