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Monday, August 19, 2013

Crew News August 19, 2013

Homework
Today is our fist day to have homework. Homework will have two parts each day. One part of the homework will be completing the Everyday Math Home Link page. At the top of each page there is a short paragraph written to the parent so you will have a little background information about the topic we are learning about or what we did in class that day. At the bottom will be a few problems for your child to complete.

We will have homework Monday through Thursday with no homework on the weekends. Because of this no homework on the weekend plan, occasionally the Home Link your child has on a particular night might be from the previous lesson or a few times during the year we might have two Home Links in one day. Both of these situations will be pretty rare.

The other part of our homework will be to read a good book or two every night. Your child will be bringing home one book from school each day that he or she would like to read. They choose the book that they want to bring home. They can and should read books from home, too.

It would also be great if you could read aloud to them every evening. This will help so much with their comprehension and vocabulary development. (They will never be too old for read alouds. I love to be read to even now and my family still has family read aloud times even though my daughter is in 8th grade. This summer we read The Giver and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle aloud as a family.)

I understand that some nights it will be tough to fit homework in with all of the other activities that your family may have scheduled. Please know that it is perfectly fine to save a particular homework assignment for a night when you have more time. I see homework as practice and as a way for you to see what we are learning in class so be sure to give yourself the time you need to take a look at it.

The homework that comes home should not be difficult for your child. If something is challenging please write a note on the paper to let me know. While you can work more with your child at home on the topic, we will also work more with your child on that topic at school.

Graded homework will not come back home. You will have already seen it and we don't want to use volunteer time to manage all of the extra comings and goings of the homework pages. We will grade and keep track of who has completed the homework and then provide extra help to those students who might need it.

Homework assignments will always be listed at the end of the daily blog post (including today). That is why it is a good idea to subscribe to the posts by email or RSS feed. Then you will always know what the homework is each day.

If your child would like an extra challenge, he or she may turn the Home Link page over and create their own math problems on the back or you can create some for them. This is completely optional and only for those looking for an extra challenge.

Request from Ms. Cheryl
Ms. Cheryl would like to do a drumming unit using 5 gallon buckets. If you have one that you could send in, she would appreciate it. 

Important Dates
September 2 - No school - Labor Day
September 6 - No school for students - Teacher Professional Development Day
September 11 and 12 - Fall Voyage for 1st Grade
September 13 - Day of Rest for 1st Grade
October 4 - Boot Camp

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.

Math ~ Home Link 1.1 Unit 1:Family Letter  (This is for parents to read only and does not need to be returned to school.)
Home Link 1.8 Numbers Are Everywhere (This is page that should be returned to school on Tuesday.)


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