October 12

October 11

Dear Parents,

In Language Arts, we continued to listen to video interviews and read books written by David Shannon.  We learned how good writers need to write each day.

We will begin our home reading program starting next Tuesday, Oct. 15. 10 Students will begin and bring home their reading package (in a large Ziploc bag) on Tuesday, 5 students on Wednesday, 5 students on Thursday, and 5 students on Friday.  The expectation is for you to read with or read to your child one book each weeknight.  However, we do understand that all households are busy, and you may miss a night of reading from time to time.  For more information on how you can help at home, refer to the green handout in your child’s home reading package.

One of the key focus in primary math is on the development of students’ number sense, their intuition about numbers and their relationships.  Number sense is something that grows and develops over time as a result of exploring numbers, visualizing them in a variety of context, and relating them in ways that are not limited by traditional algorithms.  The ability to manipulate numbers and see them flexibly (e.g. 8 can be a 5 and a 3 as well as a 4 and a 4) will eventually help students see the relationships in higher math (e.g. algebra, calculus, etc.).  In order to help children grow their number sense, we will be focusing on four aspects of number sense:

  1. Subitization (recognizing a small number of objects at a glance)
  2. The concept of one more, two more, one less, two less than a given number
  3. 5 and 10 as anchor numbers
  4. Part-part-whole relationships

All the activities that we will be introducing this year, whether it is an app on the iPad, practice work, math puzzles, and games, will be based on the above four principles.

In Bible, we reflected on things we are thankful for.

Notes & Reminders

  • Scholastic Orders: are due on Friday, October 18th.
  • Photo Orders: are due October 15th. If you missed the deadline, photos can still be ordered online.
  • Photo retakes are on November 7th . Please let me know if you wish your child to retake his/her photo so I can add them to the list.