Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3427 Promote reading To become a good reader, students need lots of practice. Get your child to read any way you can. Here are some ideas on how you can promote reading in your home. be a good role model - make reading a part of your daily routine take your child to the library on a regular basis have family story hour once a week give books as birthday and Christmas gifts have a 20-minute period each night when the entire family reads discuss books or items you’ve read at dinner urge your child to join a reading club at the local library encourage your child to read the newspaper or a magazine Social and emotional changes Most third graders are beginning to explore and discover their own identities. They are becoming more aware of who’s popular, who’s smart, and where they fit in. By third grade, your child knows the school routine and has most likely devel- oped some friendships. Your third grader’s social skills now make team sports a good extracurricular choice. The need to “fit in” drives many third graders. As peer acceptance becomes more important, parents should be prepared to deal with a certain amount of frustration and disappointment. Learning how to manage their frustration in a healthy way is a big challenge for many third graders. Your support will help your child learn to cope with negative feelings, as well as help your child navigate an increasingly complex social structure at school. The desire to fit in can make children easily influenced by their peers, and also by the media messages they receive. Children with a positive self image are better able to fend off this pressure. Provide your child with a loving, stable environment, and spend time with your child to help him/her develop a strong sense of self.