Thank you for frequenting our class website! Although your child has many resources available here, there are also many pages on this site dedicated to you! Our updates will help keep you up-to-date on Room 204 happenings, a handy content standards reference lets you know exactly what your child must master by the end of the year, scholastic book ordering is offered online … there are so many ways to keep up! The links below are great primers at the start of the year especially, so take a few minutes of reading time and prep yourself. Here’s to a great year! Come back often!
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What You Need To Know About The “Common Core”
“Establishing common education standards is one way we can work to address the disparity between standards to ensure that all children, regardless of geography, socioeconomic status, or life history, receive an education that values their potential.” – National PTA
The new standards focus on core conceptual understandings and processes, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach concepts and processes well and to give students the opportunity to really master them. With students, parents and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can help ensure students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed and build a strong future for themselves and the country.
Common standards are good for students because:
- They help prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and careers.
- They help make transitions smoother for students moving to different states or districts because the learning goals remain consistent.
- Clearer standards help students understand what is expected of them and allow them to engage in more self-directed learning.
Common standards are good for parents because:
- They help parents understand exactly what students need to know and be able to do at each step in their education.
- They help facilitate conversation between parents and teachers about how to help their children reach those education goals.
- They assure parents that their children have access to the same high-quality education other students receive in other parts of the country.
Common standards are good for teachers because:
- They allow for more focused professional development and promote collaboration.
- They can inform the development of a curriculum that promotes deep understanding for all children.
- They can give educators more time to focus on depth of understanding and richer units of study rather than focusing on “fitting everything in.”
Here are the links to the Common Core Standards for Fourth Grade. What we do is take them and break them down
Links That Could Be Helpful
PBS Parents: Fourth Grade — PBS For ParentsThis site contains guides on a variety of topics such as child development, curriculum connections, and technology for kids. It also shares information on hot issues in education. On the lighter side, there are games, stories, and guides to the TV programs offered by PBS. The guide is also available in Spanish. Bienvenidos a PBS Padres!
Family Education Network — Your Fourth Grader
Education.com — The Parents Guide to Fourth Grade
Fun Brain Educational games are the highlight of this site. The games cover all interest areas and target specific age levels. There are “parent-kid challenges,” “homework relief,” and “books on the run” links. Also linked to this site, there is a family education newsletter that helps with school, life, entertainment, and special needs issues.
National PTA — “Helping Your Student Get the Most Out of Homework”
KidsHealth — “Helping Your Gradeschooler with Homework”
U.S. Dept. of Education – Homework Tips for Parents (PDF)
Discovery Education — “Getting Kids to Do Their Own Homework”
IVillage.com: Pregnancy & Parenting: Grade-Schooler
Box Tops for Education
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