Every week we get to celebrate one student in the class. Last week Kacey was our “someone special” and she brought in her mom and dad for her “Show and Tell”. Dad works for the Sheriff’s Department and mom works for the State Police, so we learned about the brown and the blue. Dad read us the book Officer Buckle and Gloria and let us check out his patrol car (inside and out). We learned that their job in our community is to keep us safe! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Schaller!
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.