Dear Fourth Grade Parent, June 20, 2017
We hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful summer that is both fun and relaxing. To prepare your child for fourth grade, it is important that some practices are in place.
First of all, your child should be reading everyday. Because it is the summer, let your child read for pleasure enjoying books that they enjoy. As their parent, it would be helpful for you to encourage them to read a variety of genres. Also, asking them questions about what they are reading is helpful to aid in comprehension. Children of all ages enjoy adults reading books to them. Consider reading a favorite book of your past to your fourth grader.
Another great practice that would be helpful for your rising fourth grader, would be practicing math facts. Children with an automaticity of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts are more prepared for the math skills that will be taught throughout the year. Websites such as Math is Fun and Khan Academy are helpful for reviewing and teaching new specific math skills.
Since the children learned so much about Chicago History in third grade, it would be fun for your family to continue this by going on “family field trips” around the city. The Chicago Public Library has free passes to a multitude of Chicago museums. While at the library, your child can also sign up for the summer reading program. Journaling about your family field trips would be an excellent way to foster writing skills.
Fourth graders are at a wonderful age to be independent and greatly enjoy the world around them. We hope that you take advantage of all of the teachable moments that await your child this summer!