Pre K Homework Chart For School

Classroom helpers in preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten

Preschool Classroom Helpers

I have included information on this page for managing one single helper as well as classroom helpers. Please note that different methods work for different teachers.

How many classroom helpers do you have?

I have only one assigned classroom helper per day.

Why do you only have one classroom helper each day?

Keeping track of multiple classroom helpers daily or even weekly can be very time consuming. Also, young children often forget their classroom jobs and have to be reminded.

Having only one classroom helper each day takes the burden off the teacher and places responsibility on the child. Allowing young children to feel like they are “in charge” gives them a great sense of empowerment. Children who feel empowered are more likely to enjoy school and take more academic risks.

One of the goals of any good early childhood program is to teach independence, by allowing the students to be in control for the entire day they feel incredibly empowered and independent.

Building Community in the Classroom

What about building a sense of community and creating a sense of belonging and ownership? I thought using a job chart is an important part of that?
Yes, I agree that building a sense of community, belonging, and ownership are very important aspects of any early childhood classroom. However, there are many other ways to accomplish this goal without the use of individual jobs.

I have pictures of the children throughout the room, there is a picture of each student next to their name card in their cubbies, they have name cards with pictures for attendance in the morning, for writing their names, we sing a good morning and good-bye song every day and I greet each student as they enter the classroom. I teach them that we are a family and we take care of each other and so much more.

Selecting Daily Helpers

Watch the video.

Leader Vest

My mom made these vests for our Leader of the Day. They have stars on them so essentially it is like a Star Student vest. I tried using necklaces for our L.O.T.D. but they were always getting tangled and didn’t seem safe. I wanted to distinguish the leader in some way but I also wanted it to be safe and easy for the L.O.T. D. to get on and off. I have been using the vests for about 10 years and they work very well for us.

Helper Jobs

What about jobs that require more than one child?
For jobs that require more than one child I allow the leader of the day to choose helpers. For example, if the leader is walking in front of the line, he or she can appoint a “caboose” to turn off the lights and somebody to hold the door if he or she does not wish to do these things.
What exactly does the leader do?
Our leader does everything. Some of the jobs of the leader include calendar helper, checking clean-up at centers, pushing in chairs, turning on and off the lights, holding the door, or leading the line etc.

Classroom Helper Job Chart

Learn how to use inexpensive envelopes to make your own classroom helper job chart here.

The 28 page classroom helper job packet below contains the following jobs:

  • Bathroom Monitor (girls/boys)
  • Bell Ringer
  • Caboose {2 versions}
  • Caretaker {5 versions to include cultural diversity and different animals}
  • Center Monitor {2 versions}
  • Class Comforter
  • Computer Technician
  • Custodian {2 versions- boy/girl}
  • Door Holder {2 versions to include cultural diversity}
  • Drink Monitor
  • Electrician {3 versions}
  • Environmentalist/Recycling Helper {2 versions- boy/girl}
  • Flag Holder/Pledge Leader {2 versions to include cultural diversity and both U.S. and generic flags}
  • Gardener {2 versions to include cultural diversity and boy/girl}
  • Hospitality/Greeter
  • Librarian {2 versions- boy/girl}
  • Line Leader {2 versions to reflect cultural diversity}
  • Lunch Helper/Lunch Monitor
  • Materials Monitor {2 versions- boy/girl}
  • Messenger {2 versions to include cultural diversity and boy/girl}
  • Meteorologist {2 versions}
  • Paper Passer
  • Calendar Helper
  • Snack Helper
  • Folder Passer
  • Table Washer {2 versions- boy/girl}
  • Equipment Manager {2 versions- boy/girl}
  • Chair Stacker {2 versions to include cultural diversity}
  • Shoe Expert

The Classroom Helper job chart packet is a PDF that has fillable text fields to allow you to customize the document to meet your needs. Just type your own text in the boxes, save and print! This is a great feature for those of you who have very specific jobs or teach in a language other than English!

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Homework for Preschool, Pre-K, or Kindergarten

Homework in Preschool and Kindergarten

Homework from vanessa on Vimeo.

Preschool Homework

To do or not to do, that is the question! The topic of homework for young children is one that is fiercely debated in the field of early childhood education. Many parents and administrators are all for it, many teachers are against it.

Some schools mandate homework for Pre-K because they think it’s going to close the achievement gap, others do it because they think parents “expect it” and still others assign homework because it’s what they’ve always done. There’s a little something here for everyone, no matter what your situation.

Different types of homework has been shown to benefit different populations. The type of program you work in may also dictate the type of homework you send home, if any.

Parents and Homework

My goal for homework in my own classroom is to support and encourage parents as partners in their child’s education. It is my responsibility as the teacher to teach the required skills, but it is the parent’s job to help support me in my efforts. In other words, “It takes a village…” Some parents need more help and encouragement than others, it is also my job to offer that help and encouragement to those who need it.

Reading Aloud to Children as Homework

I believe every parent and teacher should be required to read The Read-Aloud Handbook: 7th Edition by Jim Trelease. Jim explains, very clearly and with plenty of anecdotes, humor and wisdom, the importance of reading aloud to children.

If you’re interested in reading more on this topic I encourage you to check out the online book study I hosted for The Read-Aloud Handbook.

Meaningful Homework Activities for Parents to Do With Children

The book Just Right Homework Activities for Pre-K offers many meaningful activities that parents can do at home with their children. It includes detailed instructions for parents for each activity as well as blackline masters.

Structured Homework

When working with Title 1 and programs that serve at-risk populations it may be necessary to provide parent training through educational sessions. All parents want to help their children, but not all parents know how to do so.

I created the video at the top of this page to show to parents at our “Homework Help” educational session.

Printable Personalized Practice Cards

A useful tool that can help you not only assess students, but communicate progress to parents is ESGI. ESGI auto-generates personalized parent letters, in both English and Spanish, that you can use to easily show parents their child’s progress and provide them with personalized practice cards to help their child at home.

With just one click of a button in ESGI, you can quickly generate parent letters for each child in your class along with corresponding flash cards, specifically aligned to each child’s individual needs.

Click HERE to try ESGI free for 60 days and use promo code PREKPAGES to save $40 off your first year!

In the beginning, some components of a structured homework program might include:

  • First Name Identification & Writing Practice
  • Numbers and Counting
  • Color Recognition- for those that need it
  • Shape Recognition-for those that need it
  • Letter Recognition
  • Books for parents to read aloud to their child (See my take-home book program)

As young children mature and their needs change some changes to the homework may be necessary, such as:

  • Last Name Identification & Writing Practice
  • Sight Words (for those who are ready)
  • Number identification, 20 and up
  • Rhyming and other phonemic awareness skills
  • Letter sounds

Of course, differentiation for students performing above or below grade level expectations should always be taken into consideration when assigning homework.

How Do I Get Started Setting Up a Homework Program?

Step 1: Prepare your materials. Prepare the following materials to give to each child.

  • Name Card and Letter Tiles: Prepare a name card for every student using ABC Print Arrow font (see resources section) then print on cardstock and laminate. You could also use a sentence strip and a permanent to create name cards. You can use letter tiles from Wal-Mart or Staples or you can cut a matching sentence strip apart between the letters to make the name puzzle.

  • Number Flash Cards: You can use a simple font to type the numbers into a document in Word, print, laminate, cut, hole punch, and put on rings. The rings are highly recommended so the cards don’t become lost. You can also find free, printable number flash cards on-line.

  • Letter Flash Cards: The letter flash cards at left were made in Word using the ABC Print font, just print, laminate, cut, hole punch, and put on rings. Don’t forget to make one set of upper and one set of lowercase. The rings are highly recommended so the cards don’t become lost.

  • Color Flash Cards: The color flash cards pictured above were made by placing color stickers on paper. You can also find free, printable color flash cards on-line. The rings are highly recommended so the cards don’t become lost.
  • Shape Flash Cards: You can also find free, printable shape flash cards on-line. Just print, laminate, cut, hole punch, and put on rings.

Step 2: Next, you will need to create a system to communicate what activities you expect your students to do each night. One of the most effective ways to do this is by creating a monthly “Homework Calendar.”

You can download free calendars online that you can customize to meet your needs. In each space on the calendar indicate which activities you want parents to focus on each night, this helps parents from becoming overwhelmed. At the bottom of each space on the calendar there is a place for parents to sign indicating they have helped their child complete the assigned tasks. You can mark each space with a stamp or sticker to indicate your acknowledgement of homework completion. The homework calendars are kept in our BEAR books and carried back and forth by the child each day in his or her backpack.

If this method is too much for you then you may prefer the simpler Reading Log method.

Step 3: To implement a successful Pre-K Homework Program in your classroom you must meet with all the parents to explain your program. Do not expect your program to be successful without this critical component. Have an informational meeting or “Parent Night” and send home flyers to invite the parents. Make sure to include this event in your weekly newsletter as well.

When having parent education sessions such as this it is best to have some sort of prior arrangements made for the students and siblings to be outside of the classroom in an alternate location so the parents can focus on the information that is being presented.

  • After parents have arrived and you have welcomed them and thanked them for attending, show them the homework video (see top of page).
  • Next, use your document camera to show them the actual materials they will be receiving. Model how to use the materials and how to do each activity they were shown in the video.
  • Show them a sample homework calendar and what to do with it.
  • Explain your system for sending materials home in detail, for example will materials be sent home in a bag or a folder?
  • Make sure parents thoroughly understand the purpose and expectations for your homework program as well as your system.
  • Allow parents to ask questions and thank them again for attending.

You could also create a video like the one at the top of this page to show to parents.

Additional Information:

  • Homework should last no more than 5-10 minutes total each night including the book that parents read to their child.
  • Worksheets should never be sent home as homework. This sends the message to parents that worksheets are an acceptable form of “work” and it is a good teaching practice when the exact opposite is true.
  • Homework at this age should be fun and children should enjoy doing it. Advise parents that if their child does not seem to enjoy homework time they should make an appointment to see you so you can help them determine what is wrong and how to make it fun.
  • Emphasize that reading to their children every day is the single most important thing they can do as parents. It is also highly recommended that you show the parents one of the following short video clips about the importance of reading to their children:

How to Help Your Child Read (English)
How to Read Out Loud to Your Preschooler (English)
Como ayudar a tu hijo leer (Spanish)

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