What would homework choice look like for elementary students?
I can’t believe it didn’t occur to me to ask this question earlier. I knew this year I was going to have a group of students ages 6 to 10 but I thought I’d just give them the same options sheet as my older group. Ha! These kids don’t have Facebook. They’re not engaged by Audio Lingua clips. They don’t know what the U-Scan is, much less how to use it. They want to meet Noah and hear stories. Obviously, the choice list needed an overhaul, an even greater one than was required for the early-novice list I released several days ago.
My little guys need to fulfill one point per week and if they do a two-point activity, they will be able to skip a week. To see the options, check out this document. You’ll be able to tell that I had to slaughter my old list and frankly, I’m not able to come up with as many effective, motivating options suitable for young children with no measurable proficiency. Once they get some skills I can think of all kinds of authentic websites I can add, but for now, I encountered incomprehensibility in site after site. Please, if you have any ideas, post them in the comments!
This choice list is part of my elementary syllabus for the fall. Keep in mind as you look at this document that I teach in a faith-based homeschool co-op where I have 60 minutes, one day a week with my students.