Sunday, November 25, 2012


This Wednesday is Twin Day.
Students are invited to dress like a friend this day.

If you would like to be "twins" with Ms. Sinclair and Mrs. Leonard, dress in blue jeans, white top, sneakers, and ponytails on Wednesday!

DREAMBOX now linked!

Some students mentioned that they were having difficulty getting access to Dreambox at home using the URL that was printed on the letter home to parents last week.  My original link wasn't working either when I checked it this weekend.  I have changed the link so it will work now from the classroom blog.  It has been renamed "Dreambox Math!"

It would be great to set aside about 30 minutes in the evening to work on mathematics on Dreambox.  It is good screen time, as it is linked to what we have been learning about in class.  It is much more interactive than doing worksheets!  The program progresses at your child's pace and builds upon your child's current abilities.  I have told students to NOT ask family for help when working on Dreambox.  If your child is having difficulty, have her click on the "I need help" button.  The program will adjust if the activity is too difficult.  My own children have used Dreambox over the past two years, and I highly recommend its use.  I welcome your feedback, too.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Class Photo

I just wanted to let everyone know that student photos (for those who ordered them) were sent home today.  Every child received a class photo today. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Measuring for the Art Show

Today we started a new unit that will help us transition from our recent unit on Measurement back into working on addition and subtraction.  We will be focusing on using 'friendly numbers' and the number line to develop efficient operational strategies. 

At home, practice counting by 10s - starting at different numbers.
For example,
Let's count by 10s (adding 10s), starting at 4: 4, 14, 24, 34, 44, 54, 64, 74, 84, 94, 104,...

Remember to also practice subtracting 10s, too.
For example,
Let's practice subtracting by 10s, starting at 98: 98, 88, 78, 68, 58, 48, 38, 28, 18, 8.