Wishing You a Wonderful Summer!
No matter what teacher you end up with for fourth grade there are three basic things you need to do over the summer to prepare your child for fourth grade:
1. Practice multiplication facts regularly. Starting the year strong in multiplication facts makes the beginning of the year easier for your student. Multiplication facts were taught in 3rd grade but without practice over the summer, will not be remembered by most. Speed does count, so consider speed games after your child becomes proficient.
2. Children should read every day they eat! By fourth grade, children should be reading chapter books. I encourage you to become involved in library programs and engage your child with reading routines at home. Reading with your child is a wonderful bonding experience that teaches children to enjoy reading because they are sharing it with a loved one! Adding even 15 minutes a day to your routine builds a stronger student, and creates a wonderful connection with you.
3. Encourage writing at home. Have your child write a letter to a relative, or write and draw a picture about something special he or she did during the summer. Consider a modified version of a scrapbook, whereby students can put pictures and captures about their family, friends and adventures. This is a wonderful way to not only capture great memories, but to also keep writing strong.
Setting this routine during the summer will make the beginning of school more enjoyable for your child. = )
About Ms. Smallwood:
We work from day one to learn organization skills that will help them become successful this year and in the future. Materials are color coded to make locating what they need, and the expandable folder is used to organize loose papers by subject. Teachers will work with students to ensure their expandable folders are organized. Quarterly, we will clean out papers no longer required.