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    PaladinTodd is offline Junior Member
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    Default 4th Grade, Social Studies, Scient: Not Learning It

    My fourth grader is reading through the social studies/science section without managing to actually learn anything. When she takes the quizzes and chapter test, she scores in the 50-60% range.

    I've had her start taking notes - what's the big idea on this page, what definitions do you need to know - which has helped. Note taking though for a fourth grade seems a bit strange though?

    The social studies sections seem to be getting longer as well. 11-20 pages of note taking is taking her a long time to do.

    Are your kids learning it on one read through? If not, what are you doing?

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    What if you discuss the section orally with your child (as you go or at the end--I would do it as she goes). That would alleviate taking the tests and and notes as well as help you understand if she is having problems understanding the material, just not focusing, or perhaps that she is just not a test taker.
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    Not sure if this would help, or not, but we print each page of the SS reading out for my son. He needs to walk around, hang upside down, etc. to get through the reading, so even though it can be A LOT of pages of printing, we invest in ink to get the work done. He then writes the answers to the questions by hand onto the printed pages...and then types them when he goes through the activity to complete it on-line...so he's reinforced it quite a bit. [I don't click on the "hand" at the top of the final page, so he has to go through it all himself to officially complete the activity.]

    Finallly, I let him use the printouts to look for answers to the quizzes and tests. That way he gets to practice skimming to find an answer.

    By the way, T4L allows you to leave a TEST (not a quiz, though) to go find the answer, and then return to that same question when you come back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaladinTodd View Post
    My fourth grader is reading through the social studies/science section without managing to actually learn anything. When she takes the quizzes and chapter test, she scores in the 50-60% range.

    I've had her start taking notes - what's the big idea on this page, what definitions do you need to know - which has helped. Note taking though for a fourth grade seems a bit strange though?

    The social studies sections seem to be getting longer as well. 11-20 pages of note taking is taking her a long time to do.

    Are your kids learning it on one read through? If not, what are you doing?



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    Although we love math and language arts, we no longer do the science or history. They were just very dry lessons in the upper grades. I wish there was a way to jazz them up here. We are now doing Florida Virtual School for history. My son loves it. They are 'traveling around the world' building a theme park based on what they learn regarding the history and geography of the various countries. We also found an actual science class my son attends. Other than those two classes, though, must say we LOVE Time4Learning

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