Greetings, Upper Grades Parents,
We focus on decimals for one more week, and then we have Thanksgiving break! Remember Friday is the Thanksgiving luncheon, and an early dismissal day.
We used money (change) as one of our several approaches to learning about and practicing with decimals. The students were "loaned" piles of change to count and stack. A side interest in coins naturally developed; they were especially intrigued by the dates of the various coins, and I was especially amused at their exclamation of ancient dates. Wow! 1988! Um, yup. We took this money practice into having little stores on each of their desks, which they loved! They "bought" and "sold" items that I borrowed from the supply closet. One day they even had to buy their snacks from me!
This week we will get strong on using the four operations with decimal numbers, and converting between fractions and decimals.
In the afternoons, Ki Molly has been working with the class on language arts. We look forward to receiving everyone's book reports on Thursday!
I hope you have had a nice weekend!
The Strings Ensemble is progressing nicely, and without putting too much emphasis on performance, I think they are ready to play several tunes for students and parents at the First Friday Assembly on December 7. I would like for the students to wear similar colors for the performance - tops in primary colors, preferably polos or button up; navy, black, or khaki pants or skirts; and no large bows or shiny jewelry.
At this point in their progress, students should be practicing the violin at least 10 minutes per day on Strings Ensemble music, which includes exercises and scales, in addition to the music they are practicing for their private lessons. Beginning in January, I will be checking their practice routine by sending home a weekly practice chart. Please start thinking now about possible rewards at home for practice without prodding.