DD's homework consists of being read to or reading every night, helping to prepare meals, and if she *WANTS* to finish certain projects (usually cultural) that were not completed in class. It's not mandatory, so I usually just ask her how she feels about her project not being completed. She says it makes her "happy" to complete her projects and so far we haven't had a problem.
It's a Montessori charter school, so even in 4th grade, this is what homework will look like:
PRACTICAL LIFE HOMEWORK
THEME: Cooking a complete meal for your family
Part of your homework this week is to cook a nutritious meal for your family one
time. This can be breakfast, lunch or dinner. You must plan a meal from scratch. (No
frozen pizza, chicken nuggets etc.) This meal must have something from all the food
groups. You can find recipes on the internet or use cookbooks already at home. Please use
the following guidelines to help plan your family meal:
1. Select what you would like to cook, (a menu). A good place to start would behttp://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Everyd...ites/Main.aspx
website has kid friendly recipes and ideas for cooking a meal. Remember you must
have a complete meal with and entrée, fruit/vegetable, grains and dairy. Check to
make sure no one is allergic to any ingredients.
2. Once you have selected a menu and a recipe, write down a list of supplies needed
to cook your meal.
3. Look at your list of supplies needed and check what things you already have in your
home. (most supplies should already be in your house) It will be up to your family
whether the additional items needed for the meal needs to be purchased. (You may
have to modify your recipes to fit what is already at you house.)
4. Once you have obtained all of the necessary supplies, READ THE DIRECTIONS
FIRST, then you can start cooking. Remember to read through the recipe, to find
out how much time you need to prepare the meal and how much time you need to
cook the meal. You have to budget your time.
5. Enjoy! Your delicious meal with your family.
6. Don’t forget to clean up the dishes!!!
If your meal didn’t turn out well that’s okay. Remember professional chef’s ruin dishes all the time. After you have eaten your meal, you must write your recipe on a 5”x7” piece of paper (Like a recipe card). If it didn’t turn out well then write a modified version on the recipe card. Make sure you rate the meal 1 to 5 stars, 5 being the highest. Have fun!
7. Then take a piece of poster board and display your pictures. Write a a sentence or two describing what you are doing in the pictures.
8. In your oral presentation you should give details about what you cooked, how you cooked it and how your meal tasted.
Our school has really cut back on homework this year. There are things I want to do with my kids at night and I'm glad they respect it!