5th grade math
I want to thank Mrs. Shepard for supplying the "large square" graph paper to her 5th grade math students. This helps so much in their math computation and in keeping their place value lined up properly. I recommend this for any student who has difficulty remembering to keep their place value lined up.
I encourage every student to take advantage of the great math sites listed for practice on math drills. No matter the grade level, students will benefit from reviewing these to help eliminate careless errors in basic math operations.
If your child is struggling with reading fluency, I recommend trying a "line reader". This is a colored transparent strip that isolates the particular line being read and includes the line above and below it. Have your child stop by the lab in the next few days if you think he/she would benefit from use of this tool. I would be happy to share the ones we have in the lab.
Many of the children, particularly third grade, have been using special paper for their writing assignments that was provided with the Handwriting Without Tears program. This paper is very useful in helping them learn the proper height of the letters. You have probably seen it in their weekly folder. As they transition to ruled notebook paper, please remind them to think about the spacing and letter size.