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Happy New Year





I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their family. As we start the new year, we are looking for our students to be motivated, hard working, and happy. Please continue to check your child's planner nightly, go over their homework with them, and read with them.



Reading Corner:


While your child is reading, stop frequently and ask the 5 W questions (Who, Where, When, What, Why, and How). Make them go back into the text and prove their answer by finding the evidence. Also using text connections will help them to connect the text to something they already know or experienced. For example, if the story is about a child being afraid during a thunderstorm, ask them about an experience they had during a storm. The goal is for your child to become a thinker while reading, not just a word reader. If your child does not know a word, guide them by chunking the word into smaller parts and then help them to look for clues around the word, so they can define it. And of course, reading to your child is the best way to model great reading.


Math Corner:

Follow along in the planner, so you know you will know what your child is working on. Please use Think Central, so you have the book that your child uses during math class. 3rd grade math is complex and requires so much more than computation ability. The majority of the math skills are taught through word problems, so understanding what they have to do in order to solve the problem can be a challenge, so you spending time breaking their homework down with them will be a great help.