Thank you for encouraging your child to study spelling words each night. I know how busy our evenings get with practices, games, meetings etc., but I appreciate all of you for making homework an important priority. I have heard many creative strategies for making homework part of the busy evening schedule. Some strategies I have heard:
keep the list, a notepad, and a book light in the car
pre-test at the beginning of the week, so you focus on difficult to spell words
study and master 5 words each night
What other study strategies work?
*** Spelling and Vocabulary list are available in documents.
Getting Better Requires Practice and Support!!!!!!!!
I have been teaching for over 20 years now (very hard to believe). What I can tell parents through my observations and experiences is most third graders, although they are feeling pretty confident with their reading ability, still need and adult to support them during reading practice. Third graders are still developing questioning, comprehension and decoding skills. When I ask parents of my strongest readers what they do at home to help their child be such a great reader, they reply that they read with their child asking questions, helping to decode difficult words and truly engaging in the enjoyment of reading instead of making reading feel like a chore. This being said, please support your child during at home reading times as much as possible. Up until third grade, children learn to read, from this point on, children read to learn!
Unit 1 and 2 in math focus on multiplication and division. There are many strategies that we have practiced to help us find products and quotients such as math drawings, arrays, count bys and repeated addition. It is good for students to know these strategies, but the ultimate goal is to become fluent (memorize) in multiplication facts by the end of the year. We have already started working toward this goal. The students make flashcards to practice during class. I try to give the students class time to practice and take a math timing each day. The students whom memorize the multiplication facts through x12 will celebrate at the end of the year by having a Root Beer Float Party.
We are memorizing our math facts in this order:
5, 2, 10, 9, 3, 4, 6, 8, 7, 11, 12 – Please practice each day!