Reading - Each student is expected to read every night for 20 minutes.
We understand that many of you have very busy schedules and we appreciate your extra effort in accomplishing a daily reading routine. It is extremely important for early readers to make this a regular part of their out-of-school day.
1. Have your child read every day. Have your child read at least 20 minutes each day.
2. Make sure that your child is reading books that are "just right" for him. The books should be at your child's reading level, so that he does not become frustrated while reading and to ensure that the experience is enjoyable. As much as possible, the books should be of interest to your child.
3.Make reading together a regular part of your child's daily routine. For example, have your child read every evening in bed, before falling asleep. This can become a life-long routine for him. If that time does not work for him, try another time, such as right after an after-school snack. However, do not pull your child away from an activity that he is thoroughly enjoying in order to read. Reading should not be a "chore." If reading is part of your child's everyday routine, like brushing his teeth, it will be much easier to get him to read every day.
4.Yes! Even now, your student loves to be read to, if you would like to read to your child, please do so in addition to the 20 minutes that he reads each day. Reading to your child does help develop his reading skills, but if your child is a struggling reader, it is most important for him to read to you every day. Reading is like swimming--modeling it for your child will help him see what he needs to do in order to swim, but your child will only truly learn how to swim when he jumps in the water and tries the strategies himself.
5. Show enthusiasm for books. Show excitement and interest for the books that your child has read. If your child sees how excited you are to learn about the books or hear him read, he, in turn, will be more enthusiastic about reading his books every day.
6. Have genuine conversations with your child about the books. Books are meant to be discussed. Just like we enjoy talking about the latest episodes of our favorite television shows with our family and friends, we also like discussing good books. The more you talk about the books with your child, the more interested he will be in reading. Discussion makes the books meaningful.
7. Model good reading habits for your child. Talk to your child about a book that you are reading. Have a pile of books next to your bed, so that he sees that you are a reader, too. Take your child to the library and/or bookstore to buy books. Make sure that you get books for yourself, as well as your child.
*8. Ensure that reading is always FUN! Try your best to not make reading a "chore" for your child. Let him know that reading with him is a time that you look forward to each day. Sit with your arm around your child while he is reading, so that he sees this time as a special bonding time with you.
*Students are expected to complete the Homelinks that corresponds to that day's lesson every night. If possible, each student is to log in daily to xtramath.org and work towards completing the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division(fourth grade) sections.
General topics that will be covered in 4th grade:
Geometric shapes – 2 and 3 dimensional
Using numbers and organizing data
Multiplication and division;
number sequence and Algebra Decimals and their uses Big numbers, Estimation and Computation Division;
Map Reference Frames;
Measure of Angles Fractions and their uses
Chance and Probability
Perimeter and Area Fractions,
Decimals and Percents
Reflections and Symmetry
3-D Shapes, Weight, Volume and Capacity Rates
The information will be covered in a variety of instructional methods:
o Teacher led instruction
o Mental math and reflex daily routines
o Student Journals
o Math Boxes
o Independent, Small group, and Whole group setting instruction
o Study Links (homework)
Homelinks - Our Everyday Math curriculum includes homework that is contained in a Homelinks booklet. This booklet will go home every day that there is an assignment (most days). Please encourage your student to complete the section and provide assistance as needed. Send the homelink booklet back to school the next day. All homelinks are due the day of the unit assessment.
Do Not Work Ahead in Your Homelinks. Homelinks are reinforcement for that day's lesson.
*This message is to inform you about the website www.MrMaffesoli.com which is dedicated to the teaching and learning of elementary mathematics in <st1:state u2:st="on"><st1:place u2:st="on"><st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Michigan. The site is completely free to use and features pages specifically designed for students, parents, and teachers.
The student page contains links displayed by grade and topic. The parent page focuses on topics such as the MEAP Test, Everyday Mathematics, and general links.
Test Taking Tips
From the State of Michigan
Test Prep isn’t a substitute for lack of knowledge, but parents should make sure their children know what to expect and how to best approach a big test.
Here are tried and true strategies that help in the testing clinch!
- Children should pay close attention to directions, and should note, highlight or underline any words that may assist them in answering the questions.
- In the reading comprehension section of the test, which can be very lengthy, test-takers should start by previewing the questions prior to reading the assigned passage. This helps children know what they are looking for when they read the text.
- In multiple-choice questions, if stumped, test-takers should first rule out answers they know are incorrect. It will then be easier to figure out the correct answer. Also, make sure your child understands the test’s system for scoring blanks versus incorrect answers.
- Pay attention to time. Introduce your child to the concept of time management. Then, throughout the year and just for fun, engage your child in some timed tests or quizzes. Consider rewards to spark enthusiasm.
On the Week of the Test – Minimize Anxiety!
Even a well-prepared student can feel pre-test anxiety. Encourage your child to relax and to view the test as a chance to show what they have learned. Reassure them that it’s natural to feel a little nervous and that the important thing is to try their best.
Finally, some last pieces of advice to make everyone in the family feel fully prepared for the testing experience:
The Day Before: A good night’s sleep the night before is most important. Test scores can be greatly affected when a child hasn’t gotten enough rest.
Test Day: A good breakfast the morning of the test is a terrific brain booster. Nutrients help to stimulate the brain. Don’t forget last minute supplies, such as No. 2 pencils, a watch, and extra paper for working out problems.
Parting Thoughts: Think Long-Term
If you want to change your child’s performance on standardized tests, don’t over-focus on short-term test prep, as it only builds pressure which is generally counter-productive. Remember, it takes months and years to build skills. The results are largely determined by the years of previous education. The best solution is to stay involved in your child’s education, and to keep in mind that standardized tests, while giving you insight, are not the final say on how much your child is learning or how well they will do in life or even in academics.