Without practicing reading, your child will have a difficult time improving his/her skills. To be great at anything, one has to practice, and reading is no different. Since I do not require much homework, I do expect my students to read at home AT LEAST 30 minutes every night. In order to reach the goal set before them, reading at home is the only solution. I will give class time to read as well, but it won't be enough to fulfill the requirement.
If your child does not know their multiplication facts 1's -12's, they will need to know them BY MEMORY!! NO COUNTING!!! This knowledge will be required to be successful at further 4th grade math.