Parents

Reading

One of my goals as a third grade teacher is to create life-long readers. I want students to fall in love with books and enjoy reading. Students are expected to read for at least 30 minutes a night as their homework. It is beneficial for students to have a set time and place to complete their reading at home. They should also record their reading nightly in their Reading Logs. Their book and Reading Log should be brought back to school with them each day.

One way to support reading at home is to have a conversation with your child about what they are reading. Here are some suggested questions to ask. Here are here are other ways to support reading at home. When you are helping your child select a book at home, here are some helpful hints.

Math

Students will have math homework every week starting in October. The games/assignments will depend on what is going on in the classroom. Click here for more information. A majority of the math problems/activities/games will be self-selected by your child based on what they believe they need to practice. These assignments are meant to reinforce areas of math being learned in school and should be able to be completed independently by your child. If they are unable to complete an assignment independently, ask them to write a note and attach it to their homework. They should then bring their homework back to school so I can help them.

If you would like to access the Student Math Handbook at home follow these directions:

Go to the website http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com

Username : OXRIDGE2014
Password : DARIEN2014
Look on the left for My Library

Click on the student edition of the grade of your choice. This brings you to the Student Math Handbook.

Two other resources that are helpful are:
A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Math Education in Today’s Schools
Old Dogs, New Math: Homework Help for Puzzled Parents
I own both of these books and you are always welcome to borrow them at any time.

Articles I find interesting:

Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

Word Study

Word Study words are sent home weekly for parents to be aware of the spelling patterns they are working on. Your child should be able to explain to you the pattern(s) they are working on. They are not expected to study these words at home, as they have daily practice with them in school. If the feel that they need extra practice with the spelling patterns, they can always complete an activity at home. They can do any of the activities we do at school. Here and here are two documents that discuss our word study program.

Click here for more detailed information about our curriculum.

Articles and Videos About Homework

Educational Leadership: Five Hallmarks of Good Homework

Alfie Kohn

Time Magazine

National Education Association

Teacher’s College: How to Support Reading and Writing at Home

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