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Dear 4thgrade Parents and students,

 

As we begin the school year, I want to let you know about some great strategies to help your child in Social Studies and Science.  Since most of these concepts may be initially foreign to your child, you may have to spend more time studying them than in previous years.  Please do not wait until the day before the test to begin studying.  Please use the textbooks, workbooks, and handouts that we use in class to get a head start.

 

Below is a list of strategies from the Sylvan Learning Center that you and your child can follow to have a more successful school year.  Some of these strategies may already be what you do, but some may be new to you as well.  Try some of them out and use what works best for you.

 

  • First, he/she should have a quiet, comfortable and well-lit study area, with necessary supplies such as pencils, paper, index cards and folders. This will help keep your child from wasting valuable study time looking for supplies.

  • Post a calendar to write down important dates for assignments and projects, which will help him/her determine what to study when.  Each of the 4th grade teachers work to make monthly calendars for each subject.  Please utilize these, so you are aware of upcoming homework, quizzes, tests, and projects. Most importantly, please be aware of when our standardized testing is scheduled for this school year, so you may plan your vacations around them.  

  • Studying should be done the same time each evening before other activities, such as watching television. Older elementary students should study an average of 45 to 60 minutes per night and should focus on planning ahead, setting goals and prioritizing.

  • Study a little each night. Studying should be a gradual process rather than a panicked rush the night before a test. Cramming is not a good study habit. Create a homework calendar and assign a certain amount of time to study a particular subject.

  • Repeat, repeat, repeat. Children learn by doing over and over again. That’s why your child may ask you to read the same book repeatedly. Review materials with your child to assist their studying.

  • Use flashcards.You can use index cards or cut up scrap paper. List one item or concept on each card and shuffle. If you have more than five flashcards, break them down into smaller components. Have your child study one or two cards at a time until he/she knows the information. Gradually add a card to the pile until all have been acquired. Any concept, from learning new words to multiplication tables, can be learned using flashcards. Studying a little at a time makes the big task not so overwhelming.

  • Sing and play games! Yes, that's what I said. :) visit http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/index.htm They have a lot of great songs and games that can really make the content stick.
  • Offer support and guidance. Make sure your child knows you are there to help. This is especially true as he/she matures. If you set standards and expectations, he/she quickly will become comfortable with good study habits.

Also, please let your child know that he/she can always come to me in the morning, at recess, or even at the end of class to ask me any questions about the concepts we are learning.  On the "Calendar/Lesson Dates" tab there will always be a tentative schedule for both the week and the current month.  Please utilize these to help your child succeed.

 

Thank you,
 
Ms. Johnston

 

Hopewell Area School District
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