## Halloween Party on Thursday

Thank you for being willing to volunteer, make cookies, send in juice, frosting or sprinkles. All of that adds up to fun times for the kids on Thursday. Kids may bring costumes to school on Thursday. After lunch and recess we will give the kids time to change into their costumes. We will have some group activities going on all afternoon with other classes.

Costumes should not have a mask, any weapons, or need make up. It is preferred if costumes can go over their clothes. Kids will need to be able to put their costume on by themselves. Check your child's binder for the flyer with all of the specifics.

## Puyallup Fair Traveling Farm on Friday

The Traveling Farm will be visiting Ridgecrest on Friday. This is a hands-on learning opportunity for kids. They will be learning about farms and how food gets from the farm to our kitchen.

We could use a couple of parents to help out as kids explore the activities. There are 2 shifts: 8:30 - 11:00 or 11:45 to 2:30. Please let me know if you are available to volunteer.

## Math....a whole new world

Many parents have noticed by now that math does not look anything like it did when you were in school. You have probably noticed the amount of reading involved. The majority of our math is in the context of problem solving stories. You have also probably noticed that the math is really focused on conceptual understanding. We want kids to understand the deeper why's and how's of addition and subtraction. We have introduced addition and subtraction concepts. Now we are focusing on introducing kids to various strategies for solving problems. I always tell the kids that the strategies are there for them to figure out which one works best for them. Not all strategies work for all kids. I want kids to be introduced to all of the various strategies and then help them figure out which ones work best for them. Some of the addition and subtraction strategies are:

• Use counters
• Draw pictures
• Use a ten frame
• Count on fingers (this does work for awhile)
• Use a number line
• Count on (I know I have 6, count on...7, 8, 9, 10)
• Use a part/part/whole model

Ultimately, we want kids to memorize math facts up to 20. The strategies we use are there to support kids until they have the facts memorized. We will also focus on quick recall of math facts up to 20. Flashcards are a great way to help kids begin to memorize their math facts. There are also fun games online that give kids practice with memorizing their math facts. This first trimester we will only be focusing on addition facts to 5. By the end of the year though we really want kids to know all of their facts through 10 and begin to work on facts through 20. The 2nd half of the school year we will spend more focused time on math fact practice. But you can have your kids start now by practicing with flash cards and giving them the opportunity to play some online games. Don't forget the benefit of board games too. Yahtzee is great for recognizing dot patterns and adding numbers. Board games are great for one to one correspondence when counting (one number for one spot). This is an important concept for kids who are learning to add and subtract. Board Games give kids practice with counting, problem solving, sharing, taking turns, as well as good sportsmanship.

Here are a few math sites that I have found helpful:

This site explains some math strategies and how they help kids learn math facts.

Pearson Successnet **This is our math site and you were given a username and password. I have added a bunch of games on here for your kids to practice with.

Math Magician is online math fact practice that kids enjoy

That's a Fact

Extra Math