November 28

General Studies – Learning skills choice board

Hello Grade 4 and Grade 4 families,

Learning skills may or may not be a phrase that you are familiar with. You may have heard from your child that I mention learning skills A LOT during class time… Learning skills include areas such as perseverance, problem solving initiative, collaboration, creativity, organisation. These  skills are practised in all subject areas of your child’s learning and due to this, are not always explicitly named and taught.

I believe the development of these skills is just as important (if not slightly more important!) that the curriculum content itself! During our time when learning from home, studies have shown these skills have taken the largest hit. It is no one’s fault and no one is to blame but a larger focus needs to be paid to explicitly teach and remind children that ‘YES, this is hard. YES, you might fail BUT …it is OK if you fail! We can problem solve together on how it may work better next time.’

With this in mind for the month of December, I will be setting learning skills homework tasks alongside some academic tasks. Your child will be coming home with a booklet and plan. I am asking that you are as hands off as you can be! If your child needs help, please ask them to be specific with what they need (For example;  I don’t know and I can’t do it – isn’t as question. Try to re-direct to the task and ask them to re-read the question and then say ‘what part are you unsure?’)

If this causes a meltdown at home (an absolutely natural reaction when perseverance and problem solving skills are being developed due to these skills requiring your child to REALLY think, make a plan and do!) just put the task away and  have a conversation about why they felt it was hard. Encourage your child to email me then I can continue the conversation in class and make suggestions about how they can continue to work on their task independently.

Thank you all so much for your continued support!


Posted November 28, 2022 by fmellenthin in category General Studies, Parent information

1 thoughts on “General Studies – Learning skills choice board

  1. jbennett31

    Hi Ms. M,

    I love the learning skills homework you are assigning in December. I think learning skills are just as important as you do. Each time my own three children brought home their report cards the learning skill section was the first part I read. I think good learning skills will help all students.

    Mrs. Bennett 🙂


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