Welcome to Olson! I am very excited to be your child's 3rd grade teacher. My husband Ray and I just celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary this summer and have lived in Allen for 27 years. This will be my 12th year of teaching. Previously, I spent several years at home with my 3 amazing children Joshua, Carah, and Mikaela. Before returning to teaching full time, I worked part time as a contracted tutor for Allen ISD with students in grades 3rd through 6th.
I've taught at Olson since 2009 when it opened nine years ago. For seven years, I taught 4th grade Reading, Writing, and SS. Last year, I moved to 3rd grade, and I absolutely love teaching this age group.
Please look into getting your child a library card to use at the Public Library in order to enhance their reading at home and school. I will be taking your child to our school library once a week, and they will be allowed to check out some books from our classroom library too. Each day during my class your child will have the opportunity to build their stamina as a reader both on their own and with others. A great way to help your 3rd grader become a stronger reader is for you to continue reading aloud with them at home each night for 15 minutes or longer. You will be amazed how much they will improve as a reader especially if they are partner reading and discussing what's happening with you in their books. The key is to be in "Just Right Books" and those will be some of the lessons I teach at school from the beginning.
Before returning to teaching 9 years ago, I attended a 3 week Writing Institute Course, as well as an Empowering Writers Conference in order to prepare for the amazing job of teaching young writers the art of writing. The training I received has enabled me to teach all of my students how to build and develop their writing skills, so they are able to express themselves more confidently. Writing will be an important skill for your child to work on this year, and I will be modeling just how enjoyable it can be to write. The strategies your child will learn will help them to become very capable writers. Writing is a process and takes a lot of practice to develop, and I feel confident that your child will become very excited about what they write this year!
For Math this year, it's going to be important that your child masters their multiplication tables (0-10) within the first 2 months of school year, if they haven't done so already. Hopefully they have addition and subtraction down from 2nd grade, but if they don't that will be something extra to work on at home. Problem solving in 3rd grade will require the use of multiple steps, and knowing how to do all four operations will greatly improve your child's success in math.
Finally, I have attended several Professional Development Courses the past few years regarding the "Implementation of Technology Into The Classroom in the 21st Century." Some of the technology that will be used to enhance classroom learning will include: Smart Board activities during both small group and whole group lessons; use of class and school sets of Chrome books as well as Google Classroom for Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and some Writing assignments. In addition we will have access to the computer lab at school and that is why your child will need their own set of earbuds because headphones will no longer be available in there. This year we put earbuds down on the school supply list, so please be sure to purchase a pair for your child if you didn't purchase the school supply pack. Finally, I would highly encourage you to allow your child to practice their computer and keyboarding skills at home since they will be increasingly using these as they move on to future grade levels.
My goal for each child I teach is for them to successfully complete 3rd grade feeling confident and proud as a mathematician, reader, and writer. Then they will be able to continue to build upon these extremely important life skills. Math is a skill that requires high level thinking, careful problem solving, and practice. Reading and writing go hand in hand, so the more your child reads the better they will write.
Please contact me through my school email if you ever have any questions. I look forward to partnering with you to build upon your child's success in school.