The Bulldog Growl
Latest Happenings from LIW Rm 105
Week of September 12th, 2016
Conferences Next Week!
Notes were mailed from the office on Thursday with information about your Conference time. If for any reason your assigned time will not work, please let me, Mrs. Poppen, or Mrs. Abi know. I look forward to visiting with all of you about your amazing children!
Exploring the Unseen!
Our first challenge was to determine a way to submerge a paper towel in a tub filled with water without getting it wet. The materials they were given were a cup and a paper towel. The kids were all quick to figure this one out! All 4 groups stuffed their paper towels into their cups and then inverted their cups into the tub until it hit the bottom.
Here are a couple of examples of students' observation notes as to what happened and why the paper towel stayed dry:
With the first week of lessons under our belts, students should now be establishing a practice routine at home. While we wish that all fifth grade students had the initiative and motivation to practice on their own, many students at that age are just not ready for that responsibility yet. They are going to need a gentle nudge from Mom or Dad sometimes. Please don't be afraid to insist that your student puts in adequate time on their instrument. They will thank you later, or if they won't, I certainly will!
I recommend 100+ minutes of practice each week, spread out over most days of the week. This is the amount of time it takes for students to be successful on their instruments. This amounts to about 15-20 minutes on most days of the week.
Help your student establish a routine by encouraging practice at the same time each day, and provide your student with a place that is designated just for practicing. Make sure they have a good chair and a music stand. Finally, let them know that you have heard them, and offer an encouraging word!
Our mantra for September is, "We Are Beginners!" and so we are going to allow ourselves to be proud to sound like beginners while we are learning what comes next. Getting good at playing an instrument takes time and practice, and lots of support from home!
School is Cool Assembly
Yo-yos will be available to purchase through the office this next week. Options and prices can be found here. If you wish to send money, please put it in an envelope marked with your child's name. He/she can hand it to me and we will make sure they get their yo-yos. A portion of the proceeds will be given back to the school. Students are not expected nor required to purchase anything!