Counting By Groups and Counting Up

PicCollage 2Can you see our numbers? In the first picture we are “5.” In the second picture, we are “5…6,7,8,9….9!” This week, we took some time to make human tally groups! How’s that for muscle memory? As you work with your children in math, please support us with the strategy of counting up. The strategy is to move away from counting objects one-by-one and instead, to find a known grouping, say the number of that group, and starting counting up from there. Just as I showed in the second picture: Lorena, Eva, Oscar, Celina, and Marta are simply “5,” but then we count up with Carolina being 6, Ray is 7, Yuta is 8, and Matteo is our 9. Matteo represents the number of all the tally marks put together.

This coming week, I’m going to keep the Sight Work homework at school. With the short week last week, I just feel the kids haven’t quite grasped the routines of this weekly homework, so I’ll do it with them one more week. Then it’s yours! 🙂 I will be sending home reading books and math work each night. I know that homework expectations vary a little from grade to grade and class to class. Here is what I hope you’ll be able to do with your student for the first trimester:

The ideal situation for homework in 1D is that parents will sit beside their children as they complete their homework assignments and talk with them about their learning. This helps the vocabulary, as well as the concepts, to become more secure in the child’s brain. With the reading, I definitely prefer that the parent and child sit close to each other, side by side holding the book, and do a shared reading. This means you take turns reading the pages. As I address word solving, comprehension, and fluency strategies in class, I will add these to the blog in hopes that parents will note them and practice them with their children. Ms. Lisa is responsible for checking the homework. If she notes several errors or some misunderstanding, then she brings it to my attention. Once she has checked and returned the homework, we are finished with it. It is up to the parent whether or not they want the child to correct his/her errors.

In other news, we have our last swimming lesson on Tuesday and Library on Wednesday. Hope you all are enjoying your long weekend!

Warm regards,


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