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The Ins and Outs of the Hamilton Homework Philosophy

Homework is a valuable tool that is utilized in the upper grades. It serves several important purposes that contribute to a student's academic development and preparation for higher education. Hamilton assignments are designed around subject mastery as well as to improve executive functioning.

At Hamilton, the amount of homework slowly increases by grade level to help prepare students for a high school workload. Beginning in 5th grade, students are assigned 45-60 minutes of homework a day. In middle school, this time increases to 60 - 90 minutes. We strongly believe that too much homework or assignments that are overly repetitive can lead to burnout and stress. Hamilton teachers strive to strike a balance between fostering positive study habits and allowing students to have a well-rounded and enriching educational experience both inside and outside of school.

The impact of homework on elementary and intermediate level students is a topic that has been debated among educators, researchers, and parents for a long time. Hamilton does not assign homework for PK-4th grade students because we believe in the Play Time, Down Time, Family Time model for after school hours.

Play Time

Play time at home after school is of utmost importance for elementary-aged kids as it offers a valuable opportunity for holistic development and overall well-being. Engaging in unstructured play allows children to explore their creativity, develop problem-solving skills, and enhance their social interactions. It provides an outlet for their boundless energy and a chance to engage in physical activities that contribute to their physical health and motor skills.

Play time nurtures children's imagination, helping them make sense of the world around them through role-playing and imaginative scenarios. This unstructured play not only complements formal education but also fosters a sense of independence and self-confidence, allowing them to make decisions and learn from their own experiences. By prioritizing play time, parents contribute to their children's emotional resilience, cognitive growth, and the joy of childhood, setting the foundation for a well-rounded development journey.

Down Time

A period of rest and relaxation after school is crucial for kids’ mental and emotional well-being. After a busy day of learning and social interactions, children need time to decompress and recharge.

Down time allows them to reflect on their experiences, process information, and regulate their emotions. It offers a chance for introspection and self-awareness, helping them understand their feelings and thoughts. During this time, kids can engage in activities that bring them joy, such as reading a book, listening to music, drawing, or simply having quiet moments to themselves.

By embracing down time, parents provide their children with an essential tool for managing stress, building resilience, and cultivating a healthy work-life balance from a young age. It contributes to their overall mental health, fostering a sense of calmness and contentment that enhances their readiness for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Family Time

Family time at home after school holds immense significance for elementary-aged kids, creating a nurturing and supportive environment that contributes to their holistic growth. It's a precious opportunity for families to connect, communicate, and build strong relationships.

Engaging in activities together, such as sharing meals, playing games, or discussing the day's events, fosters open communication and a sense of belonging. These interactions provide a safe space for children to express their thoughts, concerns, and achievements, promoting emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.

Family time also instills important values, traditions, and cultural aspects that contribute to a child's identity. It serves as a foundation for understanding social dynamics, conflict resolution, and empathy. Through these shared experiences, parents can model positive behaviors and attitudes, nurturing a sense of security and confidence in their children.

Ultimately, family time after school not only enriches a child's sense of connection but also fortifies their emotional well-being, setting the stage for healthy relationships and a well-rounded outlook on life.

Hamilton students of all ages come to school in the morning ready to learn because they have supportive households and manageable workloads. Our teachers and staff ensure each child’s individual needs are met during the school day and closely monitor their development. It is important for parents and teachers to work together to determine if additional support is needed for a particular child.


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