Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)



The homework says to pick a readers choice question. Is it from the weekly reading or any book?

Feel free to use the story of the week if that story is a good fit for your child. We understand that some of our students are reading at a significantly higher level and would encourage you to use a book that is a "good fit" for your child to keep him/her challenged.



Will you be testing for reading levels?

Yes. Instructional reading levels will be used during my guided reading instruction. For student's independent reading I would not worry too much about "levels". I want students to learn to love to read and a high focus on levels can limit student's book selections.



My child is done with the homework packet. Should I have him/her turn it in early?

Please have your child hold onto the homework folder until Friday. I have a parent helper coming in on that day to check in homework. It's much easier if it's all together on the same day.



What is your bathroom policy?

Unlike kindergarten, we do not have bathrooms in our classes. The children are given a bathroom break approximately every 1-2 hours. Students are instructed that they must use the bathroom even if they don't feel like going. Students who ask to use the restroom within 20-30 min. of us just going to the bathroom will be asked to "clip down" for not following directions unless that child has a medical problem.



The story of the week coming home for homework is too easy. Is that all they are reading?

No. We use the story of the week to model reading strategies and specific skills. We also write responses based on that story. Independent reading and instructional reading (in a small group with me) will be at your child's reading level.


My child is coming home with some parts of the math workbook pages incomplete. Why are these problems being skipped?

During my math instructional block I introduce the lesson, we practice together, then do the important workbook problems together which will be on the test. I then allow students to do a few problems on their own while monitoring who seems to be having difficulty. Once I have a good picture of who understands the lesson and who doesn't, I have the children do an independent lesson on their Chromebooks while I work with those children who are struggling. The independent lesson has a cartoon character who walks the children through the lesson then gives them problems to work on for extra practice. So basically, the children are doing those extra practice problems, just not always in their workbook.