Moving from third grade to fourth is a big step. Students are expected to behave more maturely and to take on bigger academic challenges. Follow these steps to help your child make an easier transition.
Meet with key players over the summer.
This might include your child’s guidance counselor, her case manager and her new teachers. Establish a way to communicate regularly.
Reinforce reading and writing skills.
Your child can join a library summer reading program. You could even read a book along with her. Have her practice writing in cursive.
Try an independent project.
A summer “research” project (planting a garden, perhaps) is good practice for working more independently.
Before the first day, help your child locate her new classroom and meet the teacher, if possible.
Prepare for Day 1.
Make sure she has the supplies she needs and is familiar with her schedule. Set up a calendar for posting activities and due dates.
Talk about how school is going.
Stay in the loop.
Check her backpack each day for information on classroom routines, projects and events. Talk about them together. Starting fourth grade is a big change, and she’ll need to adjust to expectations.