It has been a pleasure working with your children this year. Third and fourth grades are transitional years. Higher expectations are placed on them to be more responsible for keeping themselves organized and ready to learn. They have risen to the occasion. They have now been exposed to more nonfiction reading in social studies and science, as well as in guided reading groups. Writing has extended into different formats and structures. I was impressed with the historical fiction pieces, as well as the text structures and text features used.
It is so important to continue to have your children read over the summer. Let them choose the genre and material they enjoy. After reading a chapter ask the children to tell you what was the most important thing that happened. Did something surprise them? What do you think will happen next? All of these questions will promote discussions. The children would enjoy having you read the same book. They can also write answers to these questions.
When it comes to math, the most important thing is for the children to keep practicing their multiplication facts. The third graders will be expected to know them when they come into fourth grade. This will make math easier for them when other concepts build on this knowledge. The fourth graders should work on some long multiplication and division problems too.
I will be working at the school for the month of July for the “Amazing Race Summer Program.” Please email me if you would like to stop in to borrow a book or any other materials. I look forward to hearing all about summer adventures in September when we return. May you all have a delightful summer.