2P "Team Badger" Newsletter
January 18-29, 2016
Narwhal and Ninja! We have two new members to our classroom - Winter, our narwhal and Slice, our ninja. Starting next week, two children will be chosen at random to take them home during the week. Each "friend" will come with their own journal that the child will complete in lieu of their regular spelling homework. As with all spelling homework, they will bring their friend and journal home on Monday and return them to class on Thursday. We hope this will be a fun and welcome addition to our homework routine. If your child's name is chosen, an email will be sent home letting you know. Inside the journal will be the homework instructions.
THINKING! It's not easy. Working we can do; actually thinking is difficult. "Write a sentence using this word." "Think of 12 facts about this topic." "Would you rather be a snowflake or a unicorn?". We do a lot in class to encourage the children to learn to think for themselves. We've also included math games on the homework for this very reason. We all learn through a little bit of struggle. Chess, checkers, Rush Hour - all of these games (and others) encourage children to persevere and THINK! We're playing to learn! If you don't have checkers at home, please let me know. I have extra sets in the classroom that I would be happy to lend out.
Math Games From the PTO!
Please continue to encourage your child to read each and every night at home. Fiction, non-fiction, doesn't matter. They should, however, be able to read their book comfortably and independently. If you're not sure what sort of books are right for them, please let me know. I would be happy to make suggestions. Please also know that your child is also always welcome to borrow books from our classroom library.
Those 20 minutes a night are truly the most important work that they will do all year!
Under tables? In the hallway? You bet!! Wherever you can work best is where you can work!!
Following this social studies unit, we will be starting Simple Machines!