I hope everyone has had a fun and restful vacation.
I am looking forward to seeing your children on Monday.
This week we will begin our Artist in Residency. We will be making Wish Flags with artist Marc Ragonese.
On Friday, we will be planting trees in collaboration with the town of New Boston and the Forestry Commission. A permission slip for this event will come home on Monday.
This week, we will enjoy reading Junie B. Jones. This will be in preparation for our field trip on Monday, May 7th to the theatrical production of Junie B. Jones!
We are learning about our incredible brains! We are learning how our brains grow and how we grow by making mistakes. They know that mistakes can help them grow.
This week we will re-visit this topic and we will think about the things that we CAN do that were once tricky, and we will think about the things that we are working on learning to do!
During math time we will be working on adding two digit numbers, working with money, and telling time to the half-hour.
You can work on these concepts at home by:
1. Have your child count dimes, nickels, and pennies. Always start with the larger amount...count the tens first, followed by 5's, and then by 1's. Money practice and Switch counting all in one!
2. Find opportunities for your child to use an analog clock. (A clock with hands.) Remind your child that the small hand shows the hour and the long hand tells the minutes. We are focusing on time to the half-hour. Your child should be able to write the time to the half hour as "half-past 1 o'clock" or "1:30". A common misconception for first graders is to write this time as "1:6".
3. Practice adding by giving your child a math problem with a two digit number and a 1 digit number. Ex. 17+6 = ___.
4. Practice using the Hundreds Chart with your child. Your child should be fluent with finding 1 more, 1 less, ten more (moving down the grid 1 place for 10) and ten less (moving up the grid 1 place for 10 less). You can challenge your child by asking him/her to find 20 less than a given number, 30 more, etc.