To start, each of my students have homework binders that travel to and from school daily. They also have a book bag that goes home on Monday and is returned on Friday. The bag contains 5 books. 1 for each day of the week.
Many teachers think the daily homework is too much so they give out packets. I dispose the packets! They get lost, the kids do them all in one day, or they wait until the night before they are due and then it becomes a huge issue at home. My homework is simple, it is review and it is gives them practice of the responsibility of doing homework and returning it daily; something they will need to know how to do as they move up the grades. My kids begged me for homework at the beginning of the year. Many have older siblings and they wanted to be all grown up. Having it in their binders makes them feel grown-up.
Here is how our Daily Homework Routine works.We are ready to begin our day!
On Friday it is a little different because they also have their book bag to turn in. My students enter the classroom to find their homework already on their tables. I call their name in the order of my book bag chart. When it is their turn, they bring me their folder and their book bag. When they bring me their bag, I turn the card over in the chart to represent the bag has been returned. If they don't have their bag, then I place a stick in the pocket to show the bag is still out. I also place their binders in my containers in the same order as I have called their names. This process takes us abut 5-7 minutes.
Later during lunch, prep time or after school, I rotate my book bags. I move each book bag card over one pocket on the book bag chart. If the pocket has a stick, then I skip that pocket. I deal with those as they come in on Monday. NOTE: I rotate the entire bag and its contents through each child. One week Jose might have bag 7 and the next week he might have bag 23.
Getting the Book Bags into the Binders:
Because I collect the bags in order and their folders are in the same order, it goes rather quickly.