Welcome to Room 246!!!

This will be my 23rd year teaching! This will be my 1st year year teaching 4th grade at Jenny Lind. At the beginning of my teaching career I taught 5th grade for three years, I have taught 5th grade at Jenny Lind for 3 years, and I was a special education resource teacher at the middle school and elementary level in Minneapolis (Olson and Northeast!), Also, I was a CLASS special education middle school teacher, and I was a CLASS special education teacher at Jenny Lind for 4 years.

I received my Child Psychology degree from the University of Minnesota in 1990, Elementary Teaching Degree from the University of Minnesota in 1991, and my Masters in Special Education from Bethel University in 2001. I have a 23 year old son jsut graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a 13 year old daughter in 8th grade. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, gardening, outdoor activities (walking, skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, and other water activities), craft activities, and spending time with friends.

We are so excited to be back for another school year, many exciting learning opportunities, and watching your child grow over the school year.

Ways to Help Your Child at Home

1. Please encourage your child to read at home 30 minutes every night.

2. Encourage your child to complete his/her homework Monday through Thursday. Homework should be a review of skills. If you are finding it is extremely frustrating, please contact me.

3. Your child can practice their spelling words at home during the week. The list will be handed out on all full weeks of school. Here are some ways your child can practice:

-write each word 3x. Have your child space between each word and write every other line.

-use each word in a sentence.

-have your child sort the words (ex. verbs in one column, nouns in another, other words in third column)

-have your child alphabetize words (start with a smaller number of words before alphabetizing the whole list).

4. Your child can go to the Jenny Lind website - http://jennylind.mpls.k12.mn.us/- and go to the All Star Student SectionThey can go to safe, child appropriate websites to play fun, challenging games to practice various skills.

Thank you for all your support!

Kim Hannan



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