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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Book Recommendations - Online Resources

There are some great online resources for books and stories. These are great when you are out and about, waiting in line or in a waiting room or traveling. Here are a few you might try out.


TumbleBooks - This site is free and is accessible through the Douglas County Public Library's Catalog. When you get to the library's site, search for TumbleBooks, then click "access online", then type in your library card number and pin, then your child can begin to read and/or listen to some great books. We use this site at school through the school district's connection and the crew really enjoys it. This site works best on a computer. It will work on a phone or tablet but the selection of stories is limited on these devices.


Storyline Online - This free website has videos of various actors reading a wide variety of great books. The crew also uses this site at school and loves it. This site has no login required. This site can be used on any device.


Epic! - This site is is free for teachers to use with their students at school. It can be used on a computer, phone or tablet. It is not free to use from home but you can get free 30 day trial which would be good to get you through the holidays. The crew also really enjoys this site, too.


Skybrary - This site is hosted by LeVar Burton and is related to the Reading Rainbow television series. I have not tried it but I have heard from families who have, that it is good. It is not free but you can get a free trial. It works on all devices.

The Douglas County Public library also has children's books available for check online, too. They will even help you figure out how to access the books on your device. Then you can check out books any time and anywhere!

Douglas County Public Library ebooks for kids

More ebooks at the library

Home Learning ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story or play Race to $1.00.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Family Dinner Book Club 2018


A fun way to share good books with your families is to try the Family Dinner Book Club. This is a website that chooses one book a month for families to read and talk about. For 2018 the theme of the club is books that focus on character traits.  Here is more information from the website:

What is a Family Dinner Book Club?
Each month:
  • On the first of each month, we provide all the details for your dinner.
  • Sarah from Chef Sarah Elizabeth will share a themed menu to compliment the theme for the month.
  • Laura from Sunny Day Family will share an activity and a family service project.
  • And, I will share a book list that compliments the themes plus conversation starters.
Visit the Family Dinner Book Club website for more information.


Important Dates
12/18-12/22 Climbing Week for our crew during PE. Sign up here to belay.

12/22 Field work to Pacific Ocean Marketplace and King's Land Restaurant

12/22 Winter Party 3:00 pm


Home Learning ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story or play Race to $1.00.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Joyous Chinese Cultural Center

Today we visited the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center. We experienced many things from the Chinese culture there. We did some paper cutting, made our own dumplings, used calligraphy to write some Chinese characters and did some Chinese dance/martial arts. We also ate a yummy lunch there that included the dumplings that we made. We loved meeting all of the Chinese teachers. We all learned so much. Thanks to our chaperones - they were so helpful to have on the trip today. Below is the link to our photo album and a few photos to tempt you to take a look. Chaperones please add your photos to the album so that we can see more - especially pictures from the other group. Thanks!

Home Learning ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.









Thursday, December 7, 2017

Random Photos (and a video) of Our Time at School

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Home Learning ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story or play Race to $1.00.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Race to $1.00

A fun game that you might like to play at home with your family is Race to $1.00.  At this point in the year, we are not using quarters and dollars and are calling the game Coin Exchange. We will soon add both of those and begin calling it Race to $1.00 - perhaps your child is ready for those now - if so, go ahead and use them, that is differentiation for different learners. This is a fun way to practice naming coins, exchanging coins and counting combinations of coins. Enjoy.

Race to $1.00


You need: a partner, collection of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and a dollar bill, two dice.

Players take turns rolling the dice and taking that many pennies. On their turn, players may exchange 5 pennies for a nickel, 10 pennies for a dime, 2 nickels for a dime, etc.

Play continues until one player has collected enough coins to exchange them for a dollar bill. To make the game easier, use only one die or choose a smaller amount (50 cents) as the winning amount. 
As you play ask your child: How much money do you have now? Who has more money? How much more?

Home Learning ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story or play Race to $1.00.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Book Recommendations

This week my book recommendations are some of my very favorite books. They are books by author/illustrator, Jim LaMarche. I just love his illustrations and stories. They are simple, soft and meaningful. They would make perfect gifts and are great for bed time stories. There are more than I have shown here but these are the books I remember reading over and over again to my daughter when she was little.

Home Learning ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Coding with the Fourth Graders

This afternoon some fourth graders came down to help us learn how to code Bee Bots, Dot, Dash and Sphero. We had a great time!

Important Dates
12/5 Family Coding Night 4:30 - 6:30 pm at Renaissance

12/6 Gifts for our Adopted Family are due

12/8 Field work to Joyous Chinese Cultural Center

12/18-12/22 Climbing Week for our crew during PE. Sign up here to belay.

12/22 Field work to Pacific Ocean Marketplace and King's Land Restaurant

12/22 Winter Party 3:00 pm


Home Learning ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.