1.) How are birthdays celebrated?
Birthdays are small celebrations in fourth grade. A special snack (and a healthy choice) can be brought in to share with the class only. Please send in any other necessary serving items. Either send it in with your child or drop it off in the office for us to pick up later in the day.
2.) How much homework is given in fourth grade?
There is an average of 30-40 minutes of homework daily, plus an additional 20 minutes of reading. Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday; none is given on Fridays, but unfinished work is to be completed over the weekend. Each teacher assigns various long-term projects throughout the year.
3.) How should I help my child with homework?
Homework is a reinforcement of work previously introduced in class. The appropriate parental role may be as a facilitator since students should be encouraged to complete homework assignments independently to the best of their ability. If written work causes undo frustration for your child, please send a note in with the assignment for the teacher. For long-term projects, parents may assist in reinforcing organization and time management skills.
4.) What happens if my child forgets his/her homework?
Homework assignments are expected to be turned in by the specified due date. To reinforce student responsibility, we encourage parents to refrain from bringing in your child's homework. If there are extenuating circumstances, please send a note in for the teacher. While we understand that extra-curricular activities are important to the development of the whole child, we strongly believe that homework should be factored in as a priority in your child's daily activities.
5.) What field trips are taken in fourth grade?
In fourth grade, we visit Hartford as part of our social studies unit on Connecticut. We also view a movie at the IMAX theatre in Norwalk related to our explorers unit. Throughout the year we invite science programs into our school to help reinforce concepts learned in our units. The fourth grade is a part of the LINKS program sponsored by the New Canaan Nature Center