Fourth Grade

 Helping your child learn outside of school

1. Provide time and space for your child to read independently. This time should be free from distractions such as television.

2. Ask your child what he or she learned from reading and how that knowledge can be used in real life. Have him or her read the most interesting or useful sections aloud.

3. It is also helpful when your child sees other people reading at home. You could share what you have read.

4. Keep track of the time that your child spends reading every day. Note what kind of reading materials he or she likes (books, magazines, newspaper articles, the Internet, etc.). Then look for additional materials that would encourage your child to read more.

5. Be sure your child has a library card. Children should select books they are interested in to develop a passion for reading. Mesa Public Library has activities that make reading fun for the entire family.

6. Use technology to help build your child’s interest in reading. There are several websites where students can read books or articles online. The computer will help with words the student cannot read independently. Libraries also have computers students can use to access those sites. Feel free to ask a librarian or teacher for suggestions.

Ideas from Council of the Great City Schools


Everyday Family Activities

  • Setting aside at least 15 minutes per day for family reading.
  • Making magazines and newspapers available around your home and taking your child to the public library on a regular basis.
  • Making sure that your child reads books that are not too difficult for him/her. A rule of thumb is if your child misses five words on the first page of a book, the material is too difficult. Find a book that is easier to read.
  • Listening to your child read stories, discussing them with him/her, bringing out the setting, main idea, details, and sequence of events.
  • Asking your child to summarize stories he/she has read and to explain what he/she has learned from these stories.
  • Playing contraction games; e.g., “What is the contraction for I would? “(I'd)
  • Playing affix games; e.g., “What affix will change considerate to not
  • considerate?”(inconsiderate)
  • Playing vocabulary games:
  • Tell me an antonym for backward. (forward)
  • Tell me a homonym for fair. (fare)
  • Tell me a homograph for bass—a fish. (bass— a musical instrument)
  • Always requiring your child to read and follow the instructions for new games, models, recipes, etc. Assist as needed.
  • Using the dictionary to find a new word each day; use this word in sentences and conversation.
  • Providing opportunities for your child to use the library resources; e.g., Internet, microfilm files, computer catalog, reference section.
  • Introducing your child to the fun of using graphs, maps, and diagrams.
  • Being certain that your child is provided with opportunities to interpret labels, schedules, menus, and the telephone book by actually asking him/her to gather information which would require the use of these tools.
  • When possible, attending a play of a story you have read together.
  • Asking your child to tell you the events of his/her school day. Sit down, listen, and maintain eye contact. Be generous with praise and understanding.
  • Encouraging your child to write thank-you letters, pen-pal, or friendly letters to family and acquaintances. Encourage participation in the Young Authors Contest.
  • Encouraging the child to answer the telephone. Teaching proper phone etiquette and message-taking.
  • Writing notes to your child and encouraging written responses.
  • Putting the spelling list from school in a prominent place (on bulletin board or refrigerator). Assist your child by dictating words as a practice test before a final test in school.

Ideas from Fremont Unified Schools, CA


Technology Resources for Parents

Scholastic for Parents

Harcourt Trophies (Resources for parents, teachers and students)

Kids Research Portal (Kentucky Virtual Library - How to do Research)

NBC Learn  Explore NBC Learn for  offers unique collections of video resources, primary sources, historic footage, images, mini-documentaries and text resources designed for use in the K-12 classroom.


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