As I type this memo, I am reminded of a recent golf outing that I had a few weekends ago. I had expectations of playing well above par (not great in golf language), and ended up playing the best round I've had in some time. It goes to show that we can always exceed our own expectations when hard work, dedication, and focus are applied to whatever it is we are doing. This, too, applies to the classroom. The students, now over a month into the school year, have the ball rolling!
In math, the students have been making great progress with their math facts using XtraMath as a form of drill-and-practice. Ask your child what their record number of problems correct in a row is! They will be proud to tell you. We continued to practice our addition concepts with rounding to the nearest 10's, 100's, and 1,000's. Practice on addition properties, and adding whole numbers have been included in this Common Core math practice. We will be starting our subtraction concepts next week.
Reading time has been spent learning about realism vs. fantasy with a story titled If You Made a Million. In this nonfiction story, the author shows us what a million dollars would look like, and illustrates it with fantasy-like examples along with realistic examples. Do you know how tall $1 million worth of pennies would be? The book tells us! A test was given on this story on Thursday online. Spelling tests were given on the iPods as well. Be sure to check the Family Times that gets sent home every Friday for a copy of the following week's spelling list.
Economics has been the primary focus in social studies. We have focused on the meanings of opportunity cost, barter, scarcity, interest, and income. I try to give relevant examples of these so the students have a better understanding
So as the school year rolls along like a golf ball driven down the center of the fairway, the students have been attempting to keep their learning on the straight and narrow. With a good deal of practice, golf can be a lifetime sport, just as learning is a lifetime progression. We plan to hit bumps in the road along the way, but the ultimate goal is to shoot for par. Keeping things out of the rough and in bounds always makes for a smoother experience!
Thanks for all you do!