Our walk in the woods on 12/21/16 was more brisk than the fall walk, however, we noticed many new
things. We saw holes in the snow, bunny tracks, a bunny burrough, bunny poop, snow, gray skies, just a little grass poking through the snow, people tracks, and the pond was frozen. Three people think they saw deer tracks, but the group decided it was bunny tracks. 🙂
Today we started Unit 4 and the first Big Idea works on counting money amounts. When children count money amounts, they draw on their ability to skip count or to add quickly, and they learn to shift the counting amount when counting different coins. At 2nd grade level, children are given coins in order from greatest to least value. At home, you could practice counting money with your child by first collecting a group of coins and sort them. Please then point out that ordering the coins before counting makes it easier to count the coins quickly.
Finding and learning the coins combinations that are equivalent to a nickel, a dime, a quarter, and a dollar gives children much practice in adding within 100 and is important as a real life skill.
This is just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, December 2nd, is another early release day. If your child has any changes in how they are going home, please let me know!
Also, your child will have a chance to share their Diversity Day papers and the item that they chose to bring tomorrow. If you’re not sure what that is, check your child’s mail from earlier in the week. Remember – this is due tomorrow! 🙂
If you have any questions about either of these, please let me know.
On our half day Fridays… we have been using our time to do Social Studies projects. This Friday, we will make a timeline of our lives. We will be thinking of 5 important things that have happened to us in our lives (for example, what year we were born, what year did we learn how to walk, what year did we go to school, what year did we learn how to ride a bike, etc.). It would help your child, if you could discuss some of these important events in their lives and write down any facts you can share with them.
Also, we will celebrate our diversity with Diversity Day! In your child’s mail on Tuesday there was a paper describing what Diversity Day is. We will share pictures, artifacts, books and stories told by our family members about where our grandparents or great grandparents or parents immigrated from. We will set up the room like a museum to see all the treasures. Thank you for helping your child collect these items!