Important Information About Fourth Grade
I try to help the students become more responsible, organized, and develop good work and study habits this year. I am always available to answer questions.
Ways to Help Your Child
An important part of what students learn in fourth grade is how to be responsible and organized. If you child forgets something, unless it is extremely important (such as medicine), please do not bring it to them, or perhaps bring it once, and then not again after that. Otherwise your child will assume that you will always take care of anything they forget and they will not learn to take care of things on their own. They will continue to forget and won't learn to be responsible for themselves.
Please make sure your child has all of the supplies needed. The supply list was sent home over the summer. It is very important that your child is prepared for class. They cannot do the necessary work if they do not have the supplies required. It is their job to let you know when they are running low on any supplies so that you are able to help them restock.
After the first week of school, please drop off and pick up your child in the school lobby, and allow them to come to the classroom and leave on their own. This will help them become more independent with their organization, and they will learn to be responsible for what they need without the need for reminders.
I use Google Calendar for our class. This calendar includes all important events in fourth grade, including homework assignments, tests, quizzes, special events, field trips, parties, birthdays, other due dates for the class or school, other important dates, etc. Pretty much everything goes on the calendar. In addition, I will put announcements on the front page of the website so you can always be aware of what's going on in fourth grade.
This calendar is meant to be for you, the parents, to learn about assignments and everything else. It is not meant to be a replacement for the students writing down information. Everything that is due is written on the board in the classroom. The students are responsible to write down everything in their student planner and take that home every night. On rare occasions, something on the calendar may be wrong or missing. I try to keep it updated, but sometimes I get very busy and cannot get to it right away. This is another good reason why your child should have everything written down in their planner.
Please check RenWeb on a regular basis to make sure your child is caught up on math corrections, doing their reading homework correctly, and to see your child's grades.
To access RenWeb:
For the academic subjects, the grades are as follows:
E (exceeds, 95+)
C (consistently meets expectations, 80-94)
I (inconsistent, 66-79)
B (consistently below expectations, 65 and below)
Ways to Help Your Child Study and Do Their Homework
1. Set aside a quiet work area for your child so he/she can concentrate.
2. Develop routines. Ex: In the evening, have your child plan ahead for the next day and pack his/her backpack with everything needed. This reduces the morning rush.
3. Since your child should be writing down all assignments from the board, once they have finished their homework, have them take out their planner and go over it, item by item, making sure everything is done.
4. Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Students need to know these facts well and know them quickly in order to make math work easier and quicker. Use flashcards if you think it will help, or math games or apps.
5. Help your child study for tests or quizzes using study tips on this page. It is strongly recommended that your child studies ahead of time, not just the day before a test or quiz.
6. Go over all tests and quizzes with your child, immediately. This way you and your child will see what was done incorrectly. Then you can try to figure out ways for them to improve or make sure the same mistakes don't happen again. It will also give you time to ask me questions before there is another test or quiz.
Miss Crachi Money
The reason things are very structured and organized in my class is to help your child develop good work habits for the rest of his/her education (and life). Organization and individual responsibility are important qualities that your child needs to have in order to succeed in school. Miss Crachi Money is one method that I use to motivate the students.
Students have opportunities to earn money by having supplies, not dawdling, keeping a clean desk and cubby, walking quietly in line, putting things where they belong, copying down assignments properly, having a proper heading, and other organizational tasks in class.
On Fridays, students will have time to "buy" items with the money they earned. They can decide to keep the money to save up for something bigger that costs more, or spend it every week on smaller items. This is something that has been very effective in helping and motivating the students to become more organized and responsible.
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