With our predisposition to park ourselves in front of a computer or TV, we weren’t too surprised to learn recently of students as young as elementary level complaining of back problems normally reserved for years later in life. But the question has surfaced: are book-laden backpacks to blame?
Our school is installing a Parent-Teacher Hotline, a telephone system that allows teachers to record messages to their parents, and parents can call in, enter the classroom I.D. number, and hear the teacher’s message regarding homework, upcoming activities, permission slips that need to be returned, etc. We’ll be using ours to include a Home Activity for the Week, a simple learning activity designed to involve parents in the learning/teaching process.
Homeworkopoly is a fun way to encourage children to do their homework! Here are some basic instructions, but feel free to use your own judgment and change things around to suit your class needs.
Create “Snuggle Pack” bags filled with books and some extras to encourage at-home reading.