Welcome to the new year! I hope everyone is well rested. I'm sure many of you were ready to get your kiddos back to school and out of the house! I was ready to be back, that's for sure.
This week, we have been really focusing on what we can do better individually so that the spring semester can be as smooth as possible. Setting goals is so important. Ask your child what their goals are for this semester and how they plan on attaining them.
We started the week out with a new chapter in Math, but it turns out, it is review of chapter 6 with division facts. The students have been receiving some reminders on how to solve division. Many have already learned their basic fact families, so these lessons are going very quickly! For those that still need to learn their basic facts, drill and practice is still needed.
Reading was about biographies this week...and next week. We read a story titled Rocks in His Head, in which the author's father was a rock collector during the Great Depression. Through making the best of a bad situation, he ends up persevering and getting a job as Curator of Minerology at a museum. Next week, we will be reading about Gertrude Ederle, a swimmer made famous by being the first female to swim across the English Channel. Hard work and perseverance will be the theme of this story as well.
Finally, we had the great pleasure of finishing up the winter MAP testing in reading and math. We conducted the reading test in my room yesterday during reading time and the math test this morning during math. We are glad they're over, but also I'm thankful that most put forth their best effort so that I can have an accurate score of how they did.
Have a great weekend!