The websites to the right are some that I have found to help your third grade child at home. There are websites on development, school and testing. Also, please watch the growth mindset video as research has shown how helpful this approach is for our children.
How Can I Help my Third Grader Succeed?
Talk to your child about school. How they are feeling? What they are learning? Even asking them how you can help will show them that you care about their school and their success. Check their Boomerang Folder and see what is for homework, what is being sent home for you, and what needs to be returned. Help them keep organized by showing them what needs to go in each pocket. My monthly newsletter goes home each month within the first week of the month. This will provide you with important information for the month. I also tend to send emails with updates. This helps to use less paper so if possible, check emails daily or weekly. The reflection sheets are sent home weekly and those are a way to communicate how your child's week went. They fill them out, I check them, and then you should sign them and send them back to me signed on Monday.
Homework is given every night, Monday through Thursday. Spelling homework is inside your child's spelling notebook and SpellingCity is a great way for them to practice the words throughout the week. Problem of the Day (POTD) are also a nightly piece od homework. These are questions from the MCAS and provide practice and exposure with these kinds of problems. Some seem to be harder than others so providing support and guidance is encouraged. Reading Logs are to be done 4 nights a week. The logs are given on Monday and are due on Friday. Each night your child should read for at least 15 minutes. They also need to log the book title, date, and amount of time spent reading, and then your initals are needed for your child to receive full credit. Math logs become a part of the homework routine around December. This helps students memorize multiplication fact.
Your child will practice writing in a planner everyday at school to record that night's homework. This will be found in their folder. Most assignments should be able to be done independently but please help if necessary. Students may need help with book reports. I have provided a list of all the book reports due for the whole school year at the beginning of the year. If you need another, just let me know.
Setting up a time for homework is encouraged because it shows the importance of their work that needs to get done. If your child is have difficulties with this, please feel free to contact me.
We do have a ten minute snack time everyday. Please send your child with a snack. This will help fuel their brains and give them the energy needed to last throughout the day. I encourage healthy snacks because they provide the most benefits! :) Also, if your child is planning on bringing in a special snack (birthday) for the class, please give me a heads up the day before. Thanks!
I am a strong believer in teamwork so open communication always works for me. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me or email me. I am never bothered by questions and will try my best to respond as quickly as possible.
Phone: (413)247-5010 Ex. 119