Congratulations to those students who made their Accelerated Reader goals! This week, we add Zoe, Luke, Zachary, Holly, Noah, and Jason to the list.
Keep working on it, everyone--remember, your goals are YOURS--you CAN do it! Some of you are very, very close, so keep reading and quizzing!
We also have students earning and working towards certifications. Those who have earned the Ready Reader certification include: Zoe, Sebastian, Brian, Luke, Sidney, Zachary, William, Sonia, Benson, Aimee, Helen, and Grace. The Ready Reader certification means that you have earned at least five points.
"How To Solve It" Videos
My efforts towards "flipping" at least part of our math instruction are going well, albeit slowly. I have a LOT to learn.
So far, I have created, trimmed, and posted two videos for your viewing pleasure. One is on solving comparison type story problems, and the other is on solving two-step problems. You can access these videos on my YouTube channel playlist here.
The first one is way too long--sorry about that. I got a little carried away with myself. I will be working on keeping the videos short and to the point, so you and your student can better understand how we do this "common core" stuff. It's almost like being right here in the classroom to see the instruction!
Super important to me this year is being sure to include plenty of meaningful visual art instruction. I am trying to bring in a variety of media (water colors, tempera, oil pastels, etc.) as well as techniques (collage, painting, torn paper, decoupage, wax resist, etc.) and language of the discipline (primary colors, secondary colors, warm and cool colors, foreground, middle ground, background, perspective, horizon line, depth, and so on).
Our first project was about warm (reds, oranges, yellows) and cool (blues, greens, purples) colors. If you have read this far, please send in a scrap of paper with your child's name and their favorite vegetable.
Our most recent project involved using the secondary colors orange, purple, and green, which are derived by mixing the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow.
All of your student's art projects will be saved in an art portfolio for you to take home and enjoy at the end of the school year.
Visual art helps deepen reasoning skills, communication, critical thinking, visual perception, and, of course, creativity.
Thank you so much for your participation in the PTA's Fall Fundraising project. Your participation means so much to our entire student body. Remember, the PTA brings us things like our weekly enrichment blocks in art, music, movement, and drama.
Your orders and money are due on Friday, October 16.
Scholastic Book Orders
I hope you are enjoying browsing and shopping through the Scholastic catalogs that I sent home before the break. This is a great way to add to your home reading library. Books make great rewards for making AR goals, good behavior at home or at school, etc. They also make terrific birthday and holiday gifts. Orders are due by Wednesday, October 13.
Side note: I clearly remember getting the Scholastic book catalogs fifty years ago, when I was in second grade. I didn't get many treats, but my mother always let me order a few books. I remember reading Gentle Ben, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and many others. I still have some of them, and I discovered some of my favorite books and authors this way. Fifty years ago! That is amazing.