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    Welcome to Mrs. Hankins' Resource Room!  

     
        
    My name is Mrs. Kathy Hankins and I am one of the Resource Center teachers at Yardville Heights School. 
     
    If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime.My email is khankins@hamilton.k12.nj.us or  you can send me a message in your child's agenda. Together we can make your child's year a success.
    Here are some strategies to help your child at home: 
     
    Reading Strategies
     
    Listed below are some reading strategies. As you read with your child at home, you may wish to reinforce them.
     
    1. Create a mental picture- visualization during reading is crucial to comprehension. Choose a page from a story and ask your child to "close your eyes and visualize." Children then "make a movie" from the written text. Ask your child questions about what they see while you read. Have fun with it! 
     
    2. Predict and confirm- Good readers stop and make predictions. Ask your child: "What do you think will happen next?' Continue reading to see if you are correct, or to learn if the unexpected happened.
     
    3. Reread to clarify- When uncertain about information presented, go back and read again. This is particularly useful technique when reading non-fiction, informational text.
     
    4. Summarization- Ask your child if they can tell you what the story is all about. Emphasize leaving out details and focusing on the "big picture." This is a higher order thinking skill and takes practice!
     
    Math Strategies
     
    Below, you'll find math tips that will help your child succeed!
     
    1. Grade 3- practice addition and subtraction facts. During the second half of the year, practice basic multiplication facts.
     
    2. Grades 4 and 5- Continue to practice basic multiplication and division facts. You'd be surprised at what can be accomplished with just ten minutes a night with flashcard practice!
     
    3. Word Problems- The steps I use with students in class are as follows:
     
        a. Read and relax- Don't worry about solving the problem; just read it and visualize what is happening in it.
        b. Look for clues- Write down or make a drawing of key information; make note of clue words.
        c. Answer the question- Read the question again. So often, children become involved in the numerical calculations and forget to focus on what is being asked. Be certain the question is being answered.
        d.Use the CUBES method of solving word problems.
     
    Fun + Learning = Success!
    Reading Sites
     
    2. DRA list for common reading texts:
     
    3. Practice your Spelling Words:
     
    4. Fun with Learning-
     
    Math Sites
    1. Math Expressions-
     
    2.Geometry-