September 21, 2014

Dear Parents,

This week we will begin working with U.S. coins in math. Pennies, nickels, and dimes provide a fun and tangible way for kids to count by 1s, 5s, and 10s. It also allows them to experiment with exchanging multiple numbers to come up with the same sum. For example, this week, I’ll be putting a number on the chart such as, 12 cents, and asking the children to come up with several different coin combinations that make 12 using pennies, nickels, and dimes. If your home country’s money also lends itself to counting in 1s, 5s, and/or 10s, I would encourage you to share this learning with your child. In other news, there will  be no school on Thursday, as I will be meeting with you during Parent/Teacher conferences. And, on Friday, the entire Grade One will celebrate Chuseok, the Korean Harvest Holiday. Many thanks to all of the parents who are helping with this event.

Happy Friday!

Hi Parents,
In the most recent picture collage, please find a sampling of our recent learning. This week we built human tally marks, peeked into the lives of children around the world, reached deep to make connections to our reading, improved our stories, and were challenged by math problems to find all of the addition combinations for 10. The kids were awesome, the teachers proud, and all was right in the world of 1A. Well, almost all…we do need to improve on staying quiet in the hallways and stairwells. And we’re all working at saving playtime for recess. But, all in all…we’re a pretty great group! Hope you have a happy, relaxing family weekend. Just a reminder…it’s “take home Friday.” So anything you find in the 1A folder today is yours to keep. Fondly, Lisa

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September 1-5

20140909-143231.jpgThe first week of September found us reading, writing, comparing numbers, and learning about China’s Mid Autumn Festival. Many thanks to all of you who shared your time volunteering that day and also to those who sent in mooncakes to share.

Active Learning!

Hi Parents,

Your children have really been on the ball today. They listened very carefully during the mini-lessons, and then got right to work during the independent practice part of the workshops.  Great learning behaviors! Please give them an extra hug tonight for giving their best at school today. 🙂