Just for Parents
You are one of the most important influences on your child. Your child values your opinions, thoughts, ideas, and praise more than you sometimes expect. With your help, 4th grade can be an amazing year for your child.
- Encourage your child to read. Research has shown that often the amount of reading is linked to reading level and overall achivement. Magazines, newspapers, books, comic books, graphic novels, video game manuals...it is all reading and it all counts!
- Value your child as an author and writer. Writing is very hard and it takes a lot of work and a lot of guts to put a meaningful story on the page for others to read. Your support goes a long way towards making your child feel successful.
- Support your child by setting up routines where they share with you their daily folder and agenda. Help them develop good habits of completing homework, reading and writing at home, and time management. These are skills they will use in the workforce some day.
- Help your child practice math facts at home. Basic facts; addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, are the building blocks for all the other math we do. The more automatic your child is with facts, the easier it is to use them in different ways. We do find ways to work it into the school day but often children need more. It takes 20-100 repetitions for something to be memorized and there are a lot of facts.
- Be excited when your child does well on an assignment and supportive when they struggle. Your interest in their learning makes it even more important.
- Talk with your child about their day at school. We do a lot during a 6 hour school day!
- Contact me if your child says something that doesn't sound right to you. Contact me if it seems that your child is really struggling with homework. Contact me if your child is having trouble with another student. I truly want to make 4th grade the best year your child has!
School Supply List
- small crayon box
- box of 24 crayons
- 20 #2 pencils (Dixon Ticonderoga are the best)
- paint shirt
- 4 pocket folders with prongs
- 4 wide ruled spiral notebooks
- 2 marble composition notebooks
- 2 low odor dry erase markers
- an old sock, or eraser
- 4 glue sticks
- a pocket folder for taking work to and from school
- small pencil sharpener that contains the shavings
- 2 packs wide ruled loose leaf paper
- large box of tissues
- ruler with inch and centimeter markings
- colored pencils (12 or 24)
PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME SUPPLIES LIKE PENCILS, CRAYONS, AND PAPER MAY NEED TO BE REPLENISHED LATER IN THE SCHOOL YEAR.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN MARKERS, LARGE CRAYON BOXES, OR BINDERS. THEY DO NOT FIT IN THE DESKS.
Parent Information Links
- www.addisoncsd.org From our schools home-page you can link to the lunch menu, monthly calender, and other district informaion.
- www.arbookfind.com Use this website to see if a book is in the Accelerated Reader system and to note the quiz number, points, and reading level.
- http://nysut.org/standards/102-parents-ela.html This article is from the New York State United Teachers and provides basic information about the 4th grade ELA test.
- http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pub/lsparnt.pdf This is a link to a brochure from the New York State Department of Education on standards and testing.
- www.nysparents.com This is a website maintained by the New York State Department of Education with links to information in each subject area specifically written for parents.
- http://educationnorthwest.org/resource/1547 This provides a link to a PDF document explaining the new National Common Core Standards.
- http://www.education.com/grade/fourth-grade/ This article provides a nice overview of 4th grade from the parent's perspective.
- http://www.scholastic.com/schoolage/grade4/homework/10bestways.htm A great list of 10 simple ways that families can foster success in 4th grade.
Links for Student Practice and Skill Work
- http://www.aaamath.com/grade4.html This is a great math website with a lot of different skill areas represented.
- http://funschool.kaboose.com/parent-teacher/3-4/games/ A website with a variety of educational games.
- http://www.coolmath4kids.com/ Another great website with educational games.
- www.playkidsgames.com Another game website.
- http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html This is a great website that lets students interact with math manipulatives online, just as they do in the classroom.
- http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm This website has several games that can help students practice their math facts.