• First Grade Mathematics

    The following skills are important to your 1st graders’s mathematical success:


    *Place Value and Skip Counting:

      Skip count by 10s to 100 then when mastered to 200

      Skip count by 5s to 100 then when mastered to 200

      Skip count by 2s to 40 then when mastered to 100 

    *Counting backwards from 20 to 0 (when mastered begin at 30 then 40)

    *Practice identifying one more and one less than a given number through 25 (when mastered through 100)

     Example:  23 The place of the 2 is the tens. The value of the 2 is 20

     1 ten 2 ones = 12 work 1-30 now and move through 99 as mastered.

    *Comparing numbers- greater than, less than and equal to— up to 20 

    *Telling time- practice telling time to the hour.  Once mastered, then practice to the half hour.  

     In February, include quarter to and quarter after.

    *Money-counting coins- pennies, nickels and dimes. Include quarters, towards the end of the school year.

    *Addition and Subtraction facts- this comes later this year. Practice easy facts now +1, +0,

     double facts and complements of 10.
    *Encourage your child to commit their facts to memory.
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  • Second Grade Mathematics

    The following skills are important to your 2nd grader’s mathematical success:  

    *Place Value and Skip Counting:

     Skip count by 10s- start 123 and stop at 243

     Skip count by 5s- start at 230 and stop at 305

     Skip count by 2s- start at 112 and stop at 186 

    *Comparing numbers - greater, less than and equal to

     Example:  436 is less than 427

    *Practice Place Value- through the thousands

     Example:  273 The place of the 2 is hundreds. The value of the 2 is 200

     3 hundreds 2 tens and 9 ones= 329

    *Telling time- practicing telling time to 5 minute intervals

    *Money: Counting mixed coins and dollars

     Writing amounts in dollar and cent notation $3.24

     Making given amounts with dollars and coins

    *Calculating change from a dollar

    *Memorize common coin combinations—DDN, QN, QD, QDN

    *Addition and Subtraction facts- encourage your child to commit these facts to memory.



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  • Third & Fourth Grade Language Arts

    In order to enhance your child's reading and writing as an upper elementary student, encourage him/her to read daily. Also, expose your child to a variety of texts, such as fiction stories, non-fiction texts, poems, and current event articles.
    When reading, encourage your child to use a variety of reading strategies such as:
       *Picture Walking or Making Predictions (Make a smart guess about what's going to happen next.)
       *Clarifying (Looking closer when something is confusing.)
       *Visualizing (Imagine what is happening in the book is happening in your mind.  Create a picture in your mind!)
       *Questioning (Asking questions, before, during, and after reading.)
       *Making Connections (Connect what you are reading to something else in your life, the world, or another text you have read.)
       *Summarizing/Stopping & Retelling (Retelling or summarizing important events or facts in a text during and after reading.) 
       *Using Prior Knowledge (Using what you already know to help you better understand a text.)
    To help your child become a stronger writer, always encourage him/her to add detail or cite evidence from the text to support an open-ended response.   In addition, suggest a pre-writing graphic organizer if he/she is having difficulty getting ideas organized or needs to brainstorm/generate ideas for writing.  Finally, always remind him/her to proofread at the end of the writing process for proper grammar, punctuation, capitalization and spelling.  
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