Learning Guide: Fourth Grade
7 Ways You Can Help
- Help your child read train and bus schedules and road maps. Pose real-life problems: "What's the best route to Washington, D.C.? If I have to be at work by 9, which train should I take?"
- When shopping, have your child read labels to determine ingredients; compare prices of different brands so you stay within your grocery budget.
- Buy a toolbox and equip it with a few measuring instruments. Give your child a project he can complete on his own.
- Keep communication lines open. Don't allow him to hide behind the question, "How was school?" with the one-word retort: "Fine." Follow up by saying, "Tell me three things you learned today in school."
- Stay in touch with your child's teacher during any rough academic or social experiences he may go through.
- Assign consequences, like the withdrawal of privileges, for inappropriate behavior. Although your child is growing up, he still needs you to set limits.
- Talk to your child about problem solving. Discuss issues in your life and how you attempt to resolve them. Encourage him to problem-solve with you.
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