Your child should read at least 15 minutes at home every day.
Reading should be on your child’s level most of the time. Not too easy and not too hard.
Remember to read for fun!
Try the 5-finger test. When your child is reading to you, put up a finger for every word missed. Students should miss 2-3 words. 0 or 1 mistakes means a book is too easy. 4 or more mistakes will impact comprehension and your child may get too frustrated.
Have your child read a variety of materials: restaurant menus, instruction books, etc.
Your child should practice math facts for 15 minutes at home every day.
Students are “fluent” when they can answer a problem correctly in three seconds or less.
Students in third grade should already be able to fluently add and subtract within 20.
By the end of third grade students should know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.
Some ideas for practicing math facts:
Goal: By the end of third grade students should know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers. (multiplication)
Flashcards – sort cards into two piles: known and unknown.
org (See Mrs. Branting for your child’s code) This is an app and a web site.
iPad or android tablet apps: Math Splat, Quick Math, There are many other great apps.
Dice or cards – Toss the dice and multiply the two numbers, Draw cards and multiply the two numbers
Flashlight math: Use the flashcards and flip two cards at a time. Kids shine a flashlight on the one they know and answer that one.
Spelling – Practice as needed
New list each week (May come home in the previous week’s Wednesday Envelope)
Practice as needed for the test on Friday
Students take a pretest on Monday and will bring home a list with incorrect words highlighted.
Fun says to practice spelling words
Playdough, pipe cleaner, stamps, etc.
Rainbow writing – Write each word 3-5 times. Each time write in a new color.
Write with gel pens, markers, on an iPad, type the words
Cover up the word, spell it aloud, and check to see if you were correct
Change the words of a familiar song to spell the word. (Think r-e-s-p-e-c-t)
Spelling apps like MySpellTest, SpellingTest, SpellDown Spelling Bee, etc. (I have not used any of these apps and cannot recommend any one over the others.)
Here are a few of my favorite educational iPad apps:
Endless ABC by Originator – vocabulary words
Toontastic – create your own stories by narrating and animating
Any Dr. Seuss or OM ebook apps (interactive stories)
QuickMath+ – math facts practice, suite of apps offers other skills
Math Splat – math facts
Invaders – math facts practice more like a video game
Telling Time by Giggle Up – clocks
FlowPlus by Dactyl – math facts practice
Writing Wizard by L’Escapadou – printing and cursive app for learning to form letters correctly, includes play time, can customize words lists and practice spelling too.
DialSafePro – practice calling 911 and other phone numbers (can customize numbers)
KidsDoodle – fun drawing app
Brusheez (tooth brushing timer with music and customization)
Apps for younger kids:
Endless Reader by Originator – sight words
Alpha Tots – learn alphabet letters and sounds
ABC Alphabet Photo Touch – learn letter names and sounds, simple, like flash cards
Apps for Teachers:
Groovy Grader – a digital “Easy Grader”
Artsonia – upload student artwork to a digital museum
planbook.com – lesson plans online
Too Noisy Pro – noise meter, earn stars for being quiet