Newsflash: The fourth graders in room 202 have superpowers. They can fight off, ridiculous heat, the urge to flee and head for the beach, and the notion that it is okay to give up when things get tough. In fact, they are quite amazing.
Well, here we are in week 2! We are still moving SLOW. We’re taking time to learn a lot of new routines. We’re practicing them so that we can be successful in fourth grade.
We’ve read some great books already like, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. It is super. It helped us to realize that making mistakes can be a very good thing and it is a very natural part of the learning process. In math, we’re noticing the arrays all around us. For example, eggs come in an array. The egg carton is a 2 x 6 array that holds 12 eggs. Truly, there are arrays all around us. Can you help your students to notice them? As you have probably already guessed, this is part of a fascinating unit that focuses on multiplication. Multiplication is definitely a superpower!
Homework, although some students call it Kryptonite, will help to polish our skills and increase our power. Again, we are starting slow. This week your student will have math and reading homework. Next week we’ll add in some spelling. The following week we may add in some science and or social studies. I’m hopeful that this gradual increase will help students adjust to the high fourth grade expectations. Homework should not cause an unreasonable amount of stress. Contact me immediately if there is reason for concern and we’ll strategies a way for your student to meet the expectations.
Please mark your calendars for September 16th. That is our Open House. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all.
Thanks for sharing your little heroes with me. I am excited to work with them and I just know that with hard work, perseverance, and the belief that your student CAN, he or she WILL!