Students will take a pretest on Tuesdays and a final test on Fridays. After taking the pretest, I will grade it. Students will receive it later that day to correct their mistakes. They will show me their corrections before putting it in their take-home folder. They may use these papers to study for Friday's test. Students will have a workbook that will emphasize specific skills. We will have a different skill we work on each week. It may be helpful to review the meanings of the words at home with your child. Having your child try to put more than one or two words together in one sentence or all the words in a short story may be another way to help in this area.
I use a variety of books as we go through our different units, so your child will not have one specific reading book. Periodically we will do some skills out of a workbook as topics arise. As we do not have enough copies for students to purchase, they will not be able to go home as the hardcover books can.
The best way you can help your child succeed with his/her reading skills is to read to them, with them, and have them read to you.
Throughout the year, we will work on items varying from grammar to writing in sentences and paragraphs. All the skills students learn will contribute to other major projects including writing research reports. Our biggest project that requires a lot of time and work at home are the research reports we do after the first of the year. As we begin the reports, you and your child will receive a time line that s/he will need to follow.
The best way you can help your child in this area is to help him/her keep up with writing assignments. Students tend to have difficulty staying on top of work that is long-term. Encouraging your child to write at home (such as letters to relatives and friends) can help your child to be a fluent writer.
Our area of study for fourth grade is on Ohio. We study Ohio for the entire year now, and focus on many different aspects of our state. We will also do an extensive unit on government. To help your child with this subject, periodically go over the vocabulary and important topics in the particular chapter.
All students will be expected to master their basic facts by the end of the fourth grade. September and October are the months we will review addition and subtraction facts. These should be mastered by the end of October. We will also review and continue to work on the multiplication tables (2's-10's). They are expected to be mastered by February. Although many other topics will be covered, if a student does not know his/her basic facts, all other topics will be more difficult.
We begin to examine large numbers this year. Fractions and geometry are two other major units of study. Problem solving skills that go beyond the traditional "story problems" are also explored, and students are expected to not only solve the problems, but explain in written form how they arrived at their answer.
To help your child in math, work on the basic facts. Take a couple a week and practice those 2 or 3 instead of all the ones s/he does not know. When you move on to a new set, don't forget to review the ones s/he knows once in awhile!
As we study a unit, students are expected to know the material in the book, as well as a few handouts they may receive throughout the unit. Papers a student may need to study for the test are marked and should be kept in the folder for the entire unit. You can help your child by going over concepts in the book and handouts in the folder. Quizzing them always lets you know how prepared they are.