- Mistakes are proof you are trying.
- Mistakes are stepping stones to learning.
- Mistakes lead to new discoveries which make you smarter.
We are beginning a new mathematics unit that focus on shapes and parts of a whole. The unit focuses on 2-D and 3-D shapes and fractions. Students will learn about the attributes of shapes and will learn to partition shapes into equal parts.
Still, we continue to work on our math facts with fact cards and XtraMath. Please help your child learn his or her math facts to 20 by studying at home as well
In art we made a portrait of El Toro Mountain using the collage technique. Students are enjoying our art smart lessons thanks to our wonderful Art Smart volunteer.
We read the book Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon, by Patty Lowell. This book is part of our ABC (Asset Building Champions) Reader program. In the story Molly Lou models positive self-talk to show students how positive energy can change negative behavior. It is important for children to have caring adults in their lives who they can turn to when they experience troubles. Molly Lou’s grandmother helped her gain self-confidence and skills to deal with issues with other children. By developing their own personal power children learn how to respond to situations and remain in control. Help your child develop self esteem by pointing out his or her many skills and talents. Notice the positive and celebrate accomplishments. Look at the back of the project cornerstone letter in your child’s Friday Folder. Take some time this weekend to complete the worksheet together.
We have been learning about the War of 1812 in our Listening and Learning strand. We learned about the British attack on Washington, D.C. and the Battle at Fort McHenry. We learned about Dolley Madison, the wife of James Madison, who saved a portrait of George Washington and some important papers when the British attempted to burn down the White House. Also, we heard about Francis Scott Key, the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Ask your child how Key was inspired to write the poem when he witnessed the Battle at Fort McHenry.
Students learned that when they hear the hear the song played in a public place they need to face the flag and put their hand over their heart. It is okay to sing along as well. The next time you hear the song played at the beginning of an event, ask your child who wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner."