As a parent, you want your child to succeed in school. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many students to miss crucial learning opportunities, especially in reading and mathematics. As a result, some may fall behind their peers this school year. With the academic rigours becoming more challenging each year, making sure your child is keeping up is essential.

It can be difficult to know if your child is falling behind in school. Many children are good at hiding their struggles, and you may not find out until the report card comes home. There are, however, some signs that your child may be falling behind. If they suddenly seem disinterested in school or have difficulty with assignments, they may be struggling. Additionally, if they begin receiving lower grades or acting out in class, it could be a sign that they need more help. If you suspect your child is falling behind, don’t hesitate to reach out to their teacher or school counsellor. They can help you determine if there is a problem and put together a plan to get your child back on track.

## Where Your Child Should Be

In grade four, children continue to build upon the reading, writing, and math skills they have developed in previous years. At this stage, students should be able to read independently for long periods of time and write clearly and fluidly. In terms of mathematics, fourth graders should be able to perform complex operations with large numbers and understand basic geometry concepts.

The following are some specific skills that your child should be working on mastering by the end of fourth grade in Ontario:

• Be able to use more than one way to solve problems
• Recall and demonstrate multiplication facts for 1 x 1 to 10 x 10
• Use mental math strategies to multiply whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 and divide whole numbers by 10
• Start applying math concepts to the real world
• Compare numbers up to 10 000 using greater and less than symbols
• Complete long division, with or without remainders
• Represent and compare fractions and decimal tenths and put them in order on a number line
• Start two-and three-digit multiplication and division with single digits

## The First Step

Even if you have noticed some signs that your child may be falling behind, you may be unsure of how far of an education gap they may be experiencing. If you have noticed any signs, the first step is to reach out to your child’s teacher. They will be able to guide you and give you some insight into your child’s current level of understanding. You can then work with your child’s teacher to identify any gaps in learning and create a plan to address them.

Good communication between parents and teachers is essential for ensuring that children thrive in school. Even if a child is doing well in math and seems to be having no trouble in school, it is still generally recommended that parents communicate with teachers regularly to build a support system for the child.

## How To Supplement Education

If you have determined that your child may be missing some milestones for their grade, it is important to supplement their education at home. There are many ways you can do this, such as:

– Providing additional resources, such as books, games, and apps that focus on academic skills

– Encouraging daily routines that include dedicated time for academic work

– Talking with your child regularly about their schoolwork and how they’re progressing

– Encouraging your child to articulate what they don’t understand and ask clarifying questions

– Get tutoring support

Taking these steps can help your child make up for lost learning and prevent them from falling even farther behind. Math builds upon the concepts learned the previous year, so before your child reaches a new milestone, they must first accomplish the task currently at hand. Academic success is within reach – it just takes a little effort on your part!

## Math Tutoring

One of the best ways to help your child if they are not reaching the milestones they should be in grade 4 is to get a math tutor. However, math tutoring companies come in all shapes and sizes and may not work for all children.

Here at Dropkick Math Academy, we offer an alternative to math tutors. We understand that keeping math for grade 4 fun and exciting can be challenging, so we have created engaging games that will boost your child’s confidence and make them want to learn more!

Our math help services are all taught by certified Ontario Teachers who are passionate about helping children overcome gaps in learning. During the pandemic, many children fell behind in math, but our programs use the four pillars of math to help target any misconceptions they may have.

We also differ from traditional tutoring services because we involve the parent in the learning process. We understand that math may be taught completely differently from when they were in school, and we want parents to learn along with their children. At the end of each class, we invite parents to have a discussion with the teacher so they also understand the math concepts we are teaching.

## Helping Your Child Stay On Track

As a parent, you play an important role in ensuring your child’s success in school. By keeping track of their progress and providing they are mastering fundamental skills, you can help them stay on track and set them up for success in the future. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, talk to their teacher or contact us for more guidance.

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