Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you to those who were able to make it out for interviews last night.  It’s always good to connect with parents and discuss your child’s progress.  I sensed from the feedback that many of you are enjoying the constant communication via the blog and Class Dojo.  Regarding the latter, I’m pleased to hear that many of you check in with Class Dojo daily and stay up to date on how your child is performing.  For many students, it seems to be a motivating factor in performing better, and I’m happy to hear that.

The subject of math came up frequently last night as this seems to be the area with the most challenges.  So much of the math we do is rooted in basic operations.  The rules of math never change; the numbers just get bigger and the steps more complex.  Having that solid foundation in basic math is critical.  Although I’ve mentioned it in previous messages, Prodigy is a great way to get your child to practise his/her math skills.  It’s a free, web-based video game but in order to proceed in the game, math questions have to be answered correctly.  I customize the questions to reflect what we’re learning in class at the time so it serves a dual purpose.  If your child is struggling with the math questions in Prodigy (currently set to reflect the grade four curriculum), please contact me and I can adjust the difficulty level  so that there’s more success and increased confidence.  Your child already has his/her login information on the first page of the agenda.  Please take a moment to see how the game works and encourage your child to play frequently (it sure beats worksheets and flashcards).  There are also additional links in the Learning Links tab here on the blog that might be useful for honing your child’s math skills.

Thank you for your support in your child’s learning.  It’s wonderful having so many parents on board.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have further questions or concerns.  Enjoy your weekend.


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