Reading Tips Ask your child the following questions about a book: (These strategies are mostly for fiction books) o What do you think will happen in this story? o What is happening in this picture? o What do you already know about the topic? o What will the author tell us? o Who are the main characters? o Where does the story take place? o What is the problem in the story? o Why did the characters act the way they did? o What did you learn/like from the story? o How does it make you feel? Never use reading as a punishment. Your child should learn to love reading through you. Your child should read for 30 minutes each night. It takes practice to become a better reader. Take turns reading with your child-model fluent reading. Reward your child for good behavior at home by taking him or her to the local library. Set up a home library for your child. Keep track of how often your child reads at home, and how many words your child can read per minute. Your child will be able to see his or her progress in reading. Ask questions in the grocery store-have child read items on the list or even off the dinner menu Writing Tips Reading and writing go hand in hand. If your child reads well, there is a greater chance that he or she will write well. Have your child keep a writing journal in which he or she can reflect upon what is read at home. You can have him or her write summaries after reading, or write about a specific situation in a book. Your child only needs to write a paragraph of 5-7 sentences each time. Have him or her proofread written work for errors in sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation. Write letters back and forth to your child at home, or have your child become a pen pal with another family member or friend. Set up a writing station with new writing supplies to motivate your child to write. Mathematics Tips Have your child STUDY, STUDY, STUDY math facts. Students should come to 4th grade knowing addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts. We will continue practicing these throughout the year, but many students will need to spend time practicing these at home to master them. Practice problem solving. Students who can compute may still have trouble with problem solving. It is essential for students to be able to use mathematical reasoning to solve word problems. Flash cards, Rhymes & Times and re-writing Multiplication/Division will assist with this process.
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