School is fully up and running, and I’m really enjoying getting to know and work with your students this year. Here are a couple things to keep in mind…
Grading and Tests
I try to follow a schedule for tests and quizzes, so that studying can be part of the home routine. Every Friday we have a quiz on the 6 vocabulary words of the week as well as what we are currently studying for grammar. Every Monday we have a spelling test on the previous week’s words. I have students copy down or glue their words into their agendas in the “Things to Study” column. We are also reviewing our times tables. Every three days we do a short timed test on the table of the week. I will inform students (and have them write in agendas) when chapter tests or big projects will be due, usually 3 or more days in advance.
I send home graded papers every Friday in their Friday folders. Please feel free to have your child correct their papers for extra points. At times I write “Please Correct” on a paper. It is strongly suggested that students correct these pages.
IB (International Baccalaureate) Program
The IB program is part of the elementary school curriculum. There are six units of study that occur throughout the year. We are beginning 4h grade with the unit “How We Express Ourselves”, which primarily involves social studies and literacy activities. In this unit, we will explore the value of creation, how creativity communicates ideas, and how ideas form and grow. We also cover the Native American community named the Haudenosaunee, and the unique ways they communicate ideas and work together.
The first chapter of our math curriculum is on place value, rounding, and addition/subtraction up to one million. This first chapter tends to stretch a bit on, as these are foundational skills 4th graders will be called to use all year. Rounding and subtracting with regrouping especially, seem to be challenging each year. Please see me if you’d like extra resources to support your child at home.
Khan Academy, an online adaptive math program (also free!) is a great resource if your child needs extra practice, some tutoring, or a challenge. We will be using the website in class, and students are welcome to use at home. Students can use their CPS emails to sign up and get started. Visit khanacademy.org for more information.
Scholastic Book Orders
I pass out Scholastic book orders once a month. Students usually have about a week to bring in their orders if they choose to purchase something. Parents can also order online. Please use the code LHKBB.
Keep in Touch
My door is always open; I am here to support your student. Feel welcome to send me an email (email@example.com), write a note, or contact me through Class Dojo if you have any questions or concerns. I try my best to respond within 24 hours.
Thanks! Ms. Fane