Some were concerned about the deficiencies on their children's report cards and test reports. I can certainly understand that! With only six on the Honor Roll for the first quarter, I can easily see that we have some ground to make up. I know we will do that, assistance at home is definitely a plus. I gave parents some tips on ways to help out at home, but those suggestions usually began with the use of multiplication flash cards. Multiplication is the basis for so many things that we will study in math from here on out, all the way into high school and college. Multiplication fluency is a hurdle that needs to be jumped now.
As far as Reading is concerned, reading is a concern. The state of Missouri has a law for fourth grade that states that students must not be more than a year behind in Reading. There are minimum numbers that each child must meet in the fourth grade to avoid facing mandatory summer school and retesting with a possibility of retention. We do not want to retain students for a second year in the fourth grade, so we have to take reading levels very seriously.
The long and short of it is, all of us have room for improvement. I would love to see everyone rise to the occasion and make great strides this year. It's time we make this happen, and with active parents working at home, we can do just that!