Homework Helpers

Homework is often dreaded just as much by parents as it is by the students.  But with some planning homework can be a great opportunity to spend a little quality time with your child and improve their success in school.

1)  Start by scheduling a time in the day for homework.  Research shows that the best time to do homework is within an hour of getting home from school.   It also helps to do homework before watching TV.

2)  Give the child an expected timeframe.  Homework given from Mt Laurel Elem should take no more than 45 min to an hour a night.  Check on your students progress and encourage them that they can finish it in the given time.  If the homework cannot be finished in this time let the teacher know so she can check for the students understanding of the concept.

3) Give consistent rewards and consequences for finishing homework.

Nightly reading:

  • try reading as part of the bedtime routine
  • try playing sight word games and games that involve reading
  • letting siblings read to each other
  • rereading familiar books helps build fluency
  • listening to fluent reading helps build fluency also

Math Facts:

  • try math fact games websites such as                                                   www.multiplication.com             www.playkidsgames.com/games/mathfact/mathFact.htm    www.coolmathgames.com
  • there are also iphone, android, and ipad apps such as                                              3D Math Racing                                                                                                               Math Fact Master                                                                                                           Splash Math                                                                                                                 Math Fact Drills

For other practice with Common Core Math and reading skills you can print worksheets at


Off to a Great Start!

Wow!  We are off to another great start this year!  The students have done an excellent job adjusting to their new classrooms, expectatons, and teachers.  Our students have been learning the procedures, behavioral expectations, and academic objectives in their classrooms.  So far they have been model students for our younger classmates by showing respect throughout the school.

We have been assessing your students current academic level, to make sure we are providing them with the best academic instruction tailored to their needs.  I have started pulling groups of students and providing direct instruction using Orton Gillingham, SPIRE, VMath, Voyager Passport, and multisensory math.  I have also started academic enhancement to provide preteaching and reteaching of grade level standards.  Parents, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about the program/s your student is recieving.


Welcome Back to School

I’m thrilled to be working with you at Mt. Laurel Elementary School! This year I will be working with third and fifth grade students in Mrs. King’s, Mrs. Blevin’s and Mrs. Heisler’s class. Mrs. Katie Lontine and Mrs. Suzie Kinect, our para-educators, will be helping us both in the classroom and throughout the school.

I will be teaching a variety of programs including S.P.I.R.E, Voyager Passport, VMath, Social Skills, and Academic Enhancement in small groups, in my learning lab classroom. In the general education classrooms, I will be providing academic support, accomodations, and modifications as needed.

My goal this year is to provide multi-sensory instruction that is individualized to meet students needs and empower them to reach their full potential.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at bmabry@shelbyed.org

Have a great day!

Mrs. Mabry