Noddin Elementary believes children need time and opportunity to explore other interests and spend time with family after school. Many studies show that homework at the elementary level provides little educational benefit and could even lead to negative feelings toward learning and school. Time gained from not having homework can be spent reading, participating in extracurricular activities and programs, playing outdoors, having dinner as a family, and allowing for an earlier bedtime. As such, Noddin teachers aim to limit the amount of homework they assign, while also keeping in mind the grade-level they teach. Teachers will not be providing additional homework upon request, but can point parents to materials and websites if desired. Teachers may differentiate and assign targeted homework with the intent of growing student academic achievement or extending their learning. Teachers may also assign unfinished classwork to be completed at home.