I'm starting to think about next year and I'm considering sending home a weekly homework packet rather than individual homework assignments each night. I teach first grade, and I notice we spend a lot of time as a class writing down homework assigments (school policy) and talking about homework each day. Also, I always have a couple kids each year who DO NOT bring in their homework for one excuse or another. I find it hard to argue too much because they are six. My response is usually "well you need to be responsible about your homework and bring it in tomorrow" If it's a child who repeatedly has done this, I might ask him/her to do it during recess. One of my coworkers suggested sending home a packet instead and having it all be due on Friday. I like this idea because it would eliminate the excuse "i wasnt home until late or i didnt have time" because you could do all the work in one day or do it a little each night (as I would assign). I'd like to hear from people who have tried this. Do you find it works better for you than sending home assignments daily? What happens if the child does not bring back the packet?? That would be like missing a week's work of homework - what would you do if this happened?