Welcome to Third Grade!
I hope you are ready for a fun and exciting year! This is my 19th year at Owen-Withee. This will also be my second year in 3rd Grade. I have taught everything from PreK through 3rd Grade during those years. I live in Medford with my husband and two children. Andy is a Senior this year and involved in soccer, wrestling, and track. Nikki is in 7th Grade and involved in band, swimming, and soccer. I am quite busy helping with their activities and keeping up with them. I just finished my 12 year of coaching soccer in our Medford Youth Soccer Association. I am also a board member in that organization and very involved with the wresting program.
Some of our main goals we will be working on this year will be improving reading and writing, learning math facts (adding and subtracting as well as multiplication and division facts), and learning the 50 states and capitals. Any help you can give us at home with these things will be greatly beneficial and appreciated. We will be doing Mad Minutes for addition and subtraction facts to start out the year. We will work on multiplication and division facts in a few months. The students will have things to help with studying all of these topics. A few minutes every day will make a huge difference. Review these things in the car or waiting in the check out line or in the bleachers before the big game starts. It may not seem like much but it WILL help!
Want to do something different? How about something that can help encourage your child to read? I challenge you and your family to do a DEAR event. WHAT?!? It isn't that scary! DEAR stands for Drop Everything And Read. How often do your children see you read? Do you talk about your reading habits with your family? When children see parents read, it tends to add value to reading. Start small and do a 20 minute read as a family. You could read a book, newspaper, magazine, or whatever. Everyone can read individually or you can share a book as a family. Take turns reading so your child is practicing reading. Then, discuss what was read. Think about the common who, what, where, when, why how, and I wonder questions (ask your child about this). I have done this a few times at school also. I have found that most of the reading I do is for school purposes and I haven't been reading anything just for the fun of it lately. I just bought a new book and decided this is a great time to read with the kids. I think they need to see me read something also. Start small and build on it from there. It doesn't have to be done daily, but wouldn't that be a wonderful habit to start! Give it a chance!
If you would be interested in helping/volunteering in any way during the year, please contact me. At times I may have things that can be done at home if you are not able to come into school. We will have a snack break during the day. This is when we celebrate birthdays. Feel free to send in a snack for your child to share with his/her classmates. If you would like to send a snack at any other time during the year, please feel free. Kids always appreciate and enjoy a surprise snack every once in a while. I am not aware of any food allergies right now, but I will let you know if that changes.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns. We are continuing our FABULOUS year!!!
Welcome to Third Grade!