Dear Third Grade Families,
Welcome to our first semester of third grade!
Here are some tips on helping your child succeed in third grade:
Read at least 20 minutes per night with your child. Take turns reading and discussing the book. Ask comprehension questions. Make sure the book is a “just right” book for them, not too easy, but not too hard. Hint: If they read the book without missing a word, it may be too easy. If they miss more than 1-2 words on one page, then that book is too hard to read independently. Please watch this short video: Why do kids read?
Help your child with organization! Make sure your child has a set workspace for doing their homework! Ask to see their planners and homework folders every night!
Enjoy family time with your child at dinner and make sure they get a good night’s sleep!
Get your child to school on time at 7:30 every morning. Community circles will begin when the tardy bell rings at 7:35, so your student needs every second of that time to unpack their backpack, get their chair, gather supplies, go the bathroom, and say “hi” to their friends.
Send a healthy snack with your child to school every day! They need that boost of energy to get to lunch at 11:45! Please no messy snacks like cheetos or Takis.
Help them practice a growth mindset and positive “self talk” when working on a difficult math problem or assignment. Talk about turning negative thoughts like, “I can’t do this!” to more positive thoughts such as, “This is going to take some time, but I’m going to figure it out!"
Our philosophy for homework is that it should be meaningful and support your student’s growth. Therefore, we are asking that your child read for 20 minutes or more every night and then spend 10 to 15 minutes (no more than that) on a math homework sheet that needs to be brought back to school the next day. Typically, there should be math homework 4 nights of the week. We don’t usually send homework on Fridays unless there is a big project due. We will have a new spelling pattern every two weeks. You will be able to see the spelling pattern with example words on the the Third Grade page.
As always, please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Applegate, Ms. Haan, and Ms. Simpson