Study Tips

Bible Memory Policy:

Students memorize verses and be tested once every 2 weeks on Fridays (exceptions noted in class and on the calendar).

On Mondays, students will be given the verse for two weeks. The verses are also located on this website and on the calendar.

In the beginning of the year, tests will be given orally. One at a time, each student will recite the verse and reference to me, in private.

Starting in the third quarter, tests will be in written form. Verses, including full (not abbreviated) references, must be memorized exactly. I strongly suggest having students practice writing the verse from memory in addition to any other way of studying, since sometimes students are able to recite better than they can write. This will help them get ready for Bible verse tests in fifth grade. Spelling and punctuation do not count (as long as I can tell what the word is).

Grading will be the number of words missed divided by the total number of words, times 100. Words such as "and", "the", "a", "an", "of", etc. will only be one point.

Ex: Psalm 19:14
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

There are 8 small words (in italics) at one point each. 100-8 = 92. There are 16 plus the book of the Bible counts as one and the chapter and verse(s) count as another, so 18 regular words. 92/18= 5.1 so those words are 5.1 points each. This, of course, will change, based on the length of the verse.

Verse Study Tips:

Here are some ways to learn and practice your Bible verses (many ideas are from the students):

  • Break it up into smaller pieces (one way is by punctuation).

  • Write it on index cards (whole or in parts).

  • Have someone quiz you orally (which is great to do, as long as you practice writing it out before the test).

  • Write it several times, and check it by comparing it to the original.

  • Make it into a song.

  • Read the verse aloud several times, then try to do it without looking.

  • Practice with other students.

  • Pretend it's a play and those are lines for you to memorize.


    Language Arts: Spelling Study Tips

    Students are introduced to a new spelling list every 2 weeks. We go over the words in class, including pronunciation, definitions, patterns in the list, rules if applicable, and ways to remember how to spell them. The spelling test will be every other Friday (exceptions will be noted on the calendar and in class).

    All spelling lists are linked on the calendar on the test day (click on the test, then "more details" and you'll see a link to the list).

    Here are some ways to learn and practice spelling words: (many ideas are from the students)

  • Use the Spelling City review website.

  • Write the words several times.

  • Do a practice spelling test. A parent says the words, one at a time, and the student writes it down. The parents will then correct the words and the student should write the wrong words several times (you decide how many). Another practice test later would be beneficial. When saying the words, it should be word, sentence, word. (ex: "Accept. Please accept my gift. Accept.")

  • Have a spelling bee and see how many words your child can spell aloud.

  • Trace the words.

  • Break the word into syllables to make it easier. (ex.: "continue": con-tin-ue)

  • Use mnemonics - a trick to remember a hard spelling word (ex.: In February, we say "brrr" because it's cold.)

  • Say the word how it sounds, not how it's spelled (ex.: for "vegetable": veg-et-able; "together": to-get-her).

  • Write all words several times.


    Math Study Tips:

    Students must copy notes down exactly the way I write it. If not, they will have difficulty understanding things later. They should bring their math notebook home every night. This way they will know the correct procedure for their homework and learn it for tests and quizzes. I sometimes do things differently than the book since the book can be confusing at times. In addition, the students need to review their notes and memorize the definitions, steps, directions, etc. The math notes are located on this website.

    Students also need to constantly review basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). If they struggle with these or don't know them quickly, it will make the rest of their work very difficult.

    Math builds. Once a concept has been tested, it will still come up, over and over, during the rest of the year, and for much of the rest of the student's school math career.