Do you send homework home? Do you grade it? Here's what I do, which is, admittedly, probably too much, but I've had very few complaints, and lots of student growth! Each Friday, I send the next week's packet home. It is generally due the following Thursday. It grows as the year progresses, and eventually includes: weekly newsletter, in which I line out the skills being covered in the coming week. weekly ela words & definition sheet phonics practice page(s) copies of the weekly comprehension, decodable, and other stories grammar practice page(s) a tic-tac-toe homework page of activities for spelling and high-frequency words spelling, high-frequency, and robust vocabulary word "flash cards" (copied on regular paper) math practice page(s) daily reading log (20 min. per day) other items as needed by specific students and/or requested by parents At the beginning of the year, I inform parents of homework policies (and re-inform as the year goes by). I find that first graders LOVE homework, and if given the chance to "get a jump on" the spelling words and stories for the next week,they do it (most of them). I explain that I do not expect students to work on math that we haven't covered yet, so they should "pace themselves" with the work in the packet. I've honestly had very few problems! (Other than the scramble to get the packets put together for Friday!) In fact, I've had parents call me on Friday evening, wondering where the packet and newsletter were when it was late going home! The only grade my students receive for homework is a completion/turned in conduct grade: on due date = A, 1 day late = B, etc. I'd love to read about your homework policies and practices!