The jump is a crucial change in academic expectations for reading and math, that happens in the third grade. 


Students move from learning to read, to reading to learn. They’re no longer taught to sound out words. They are now expected to read fluently enough to acquire information from a text and apply that new understanding. Your kid may have only struggled with reading in earlier years, but in third-grade that becomes an across-the-curriculum disadvantage, because every single subject requires reading. Kids who don’t read well can’t access content and in a general-education classroom of 25 other kids, they quickly fall behind.  


At the same time, students are now expected to have a solid understanding of place value, use that knowledge to fluently add and subtract within 100 and be ready to build upon that understanding to multiply and divide. Third grade math, nearly in its entirety, is multiplication and division. If your child struggled with second-grade math, and first-grade math before that… chance are they haven’t yet acquired the number sense necessary to succeed in third-grade. And for Chicago Public Schools, it’s a benchmark year!

Great news, though… You’re in the right place!

Let’s get your kid ready to flip through pages and problems with tutoring with the Literacy Acrobat.