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What's Up in Our Classroom ~ June 5, 2015

Important Dates and Events

    • 4th Grade Carnival - June 8th- 2:00-3:00

    • Early Release - June 9th

    • Last Day of School - June 9th

    • 4th Grade Picnic - June 9th 11:45-12:45

    Where has the time gone? It seems like the year was just getting started and here we are and the end. I feel that it has been a very productive and successful year. Sometimes it isn’t until the end of the year that I can really sit back and see how far we have come. It is when I am going through files and comparing beginning of the year work and end of the year work that I realize just how far the students have come. The progress that they have made comes from hard work at school and support from home. What a great year!

    To help maintain this level, your child should continue doing some reading, writing and math over the summer months. There are many reading programs available in the summer through libraries and other organizations. Below, I listed a plethora of prevention summer slide resources. These are always fun to participate in. The kids can also find great books at home or in the library to read on their own. They should just be sure to read books that are fun, interesting and at an appropriate reading level. To practice writing I would suggest keeping a journal or diary. Your child could also write stories or reports on interesting summer adventures. Any writing that they can do would be wonderful so just have fun and write away. To keep sharp on their math skills your child can make up math problems, practice flashcards or visit some of the websites or apps that we discovered this year. I know that is hard finding the time, but it is really worthwhile keeping brushed up on these skills. Set a goal this summer as a family to prevent summer slide. If you could set aside time one day a week, that would be better than not at all. If you are able, more time will benefit both you and your child. Remember practice is the key to success in anything you do. :)

    Summer Slide Statistics

    To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months.
    • All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).
    • Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).

    Preventing Summer Slide Articles

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    Summer Slide Prevention Websites

    Splash Math

    I signed your child up for Splash Math Summer Program. Log in information should have been mailed to your email address. If you did not receive the log in information, please contact me and I would be happy to get that information to you.
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    Students will also have summer access to Scootpad. Their existing log in will work throughout the summer. I encourage you to set time aside to allow students to practice their fourth grade acquired skills this summer.
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