Does your student have the Math foundation to start learning fractions in 5th grade?
Check these core milestones...
- How to count up to a hundred?
- Recognize numbers out of sequence?
- Write and read numbers up to 100?
1st & 2nd Grade =>
- How to add 1-digit + 1-digit and 2-digits + 1 digit (horizontally) without using the fingers or counting?
- How to subtract 1-digit - 1-digit and 2-digits - 1 digit (horizontally) without using the fingers or counting?
3rd & 4th Grade =>
- How to add and subtract (vertically) with ease?
- The multiplication tables?
- How to multiply (vertically) with ease?
- How to divide and find the remainders with ease?
- How to do long division?
- How to reduce fractions?
Are you guys ready?
IS YOUR STUDENT A GOOD READER?
It is common knowledge that students in PK through 3rd grade are learning to read. First, they are supposed to learn the sounds of the letters, vowels and consonant blends and the decoding skills to put words together. Second, once they master word-building skills, students are supposed to develop the skills to put together complete sentences by learning the functions of words, subject and predicate, modifiers, conjugation, capitalization and punctuation, among other key concepts.
I believe it is important we make sure that before they start 4th grade, students have developed the skills needed for the READING TO LEARN journey. According to a report from Christopher Osher published in January 29th, 2019 in the Colorado Sun, in Colorado, by the end of 2018 only 40% of 3rd graders were at their reading academic grade level.
Students in 4th grade and above must have the skills needed to read and study to learn. But do they?
The Kumon Reading Program makes sure students develop a strong foundation, the confidence and independence they need to learn through reading. The first step is an assessment (free placement test), where we uncover the gaps students may have that are preventing them to become readers.
Our Reading Program has 5 defined building blocks that prepare our students to learn through the enjoyment of reading. The 5 blocks are:
1. Word-Building Skills
2. Sentence-Building Skills
3. Paragraph-Building Skills
4. Summary Skills
5. Critique Skills
In blocks 1 and 2, students learn to read. In blocks 3, 4 and 5, students develop the reading-to-learn skills.
If you want to learn more about your students reading skills and the unique characteristics of our reading program, please contact me at [email protected] to schedule a parent orientation.