December 6, 2015
Counting down the days...
As we're counting the days until Christmas, why not take time to build counting and mathematics skills with your child(ren)? There are some great ideas in the article below (taken from Fall 2012 issue of Parent Inspiration).
Building Math Skills
We know from research that children are more likely to be successful learners of any subject when parents actively support their learning.“ 1 Building math skills and number sense begins at home. Unfortunately negative feelings and fear of math also can begin at home.
How to Help
Even if you didn’t like math, had a hard time in math, or still don’t like math, keep those feelings to yourself. Math can be challenging. Encourage your child to stick with an assignment and persevere despite the challenge. Praise effort and hard work. Don’t punish your child for making mistakes in math. Asking them to explain how they worked out an answer; or invite them to show you an example of what they are working on this week. Your interest will help them process what they’ve learned, and keep you aware of what they are learning so you can seek additional help when you feel the topic is one you are less confident in. Knowing what topics they’re studying, even if they don’t need help, provides you with information to find everyday life examples to extend your child’s learning.
Make Math Practical
There are many ways to show your child that math is useful. Having fun with math can help build a positive attitude toward it. When you are writing a check, have your child help you turn the number into words. Help your child figure out area and perimeter to buy carpet or paint a wall if you are remodeling, of just for pretend. Even painting the lines for baseball, football, or basket ball requires measurement. Count things with young children. Cooking together will help your child practice measuring skills and basic fractions, especially if you double or halve the recipe. When you are shopping, have your child help count the change or even pay for the items. Find great everyday math ideas in the free booklet from the US Department of Education at www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/math/index.html.
It is a good idea to check your young child’s math papers to see how they are doing and to make sure they are finishing their homework. You don’t need to check every problem. If your older child is having trouble completing their work it may be helpful to verify that they have completed it. Avoid doing your child’s homework for them or sitting
with them for each problem. Such help teaches children to be dependent instead of independent learners.2 Math problems can be solved in different ways. Sometimes a teacher will ask for a child to use a certain method that may be different from what you learned as a child. Use the method introduced at school to help them practice that skill at first. If they get stuck with one method for more than a day or two, talk to your child’s teacher about other methods for solving the problem that your child may find more helpful. If there is a way you would like to try, talk to the teacher before introducing it. This will help your child see that you and their teacher are working together for their success. Here are some excellent questions from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to help you support your child without doing their math for them:
- Are there instructions or directions? What do they say?
- Can you find help in your textbook or notes?
- Do you have other problems like this one? Can we look at one of those together?
- What is your teacher asking you to do? Can you explain it to me?
- Can you tell me where you are stuck?
- Can you discuss the problem with a classmate?
- See the complete list of questions at www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=2876
1. www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/math/part_pg2.html#p2 2. www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/math/part_pg11.html#p11
Learn More Online
Explore Math Lessons from a Biblical Perspective www.calvin.edu/kuyers/math/lessons.html
Held Your Child Learn Math – NCTM Family Resources http://www.nctm.org/resources/families.aspx
Help Your Child Succeed in Math www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=2147483781
Helping your Child Learn Mathematics, PreK-5 www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/math/index.html
Integration of Faith in Mathematics circle.adventist.org/files/nadspiritual/IFLMath.pdf
Khan Academy – short videos on all math topics, all levels www.khanacademy.org
Math Approaches for Children http://circle.adventist.org/files/download/TBMathApproaches.pdf
Rookie Read-About Math series by Children’s Press, PreK-3 www.enasco.com/product/1503936L or through Amazon.com
Dress Down Day
Hot Lunch Wednesday - Haystacks
Fruit Orders Delivered December 13th - Tentative
Please note the information and dates in your packets and plan accordingly. FYI: For the day in December, we are planning to go after school only. Due to the weather, this is a tentative date.
We Are Learning
Weekly Memory Verses
Grades 5-8: 1 John 3:1, 2
Grades 5-8 will be asked to write their memory verses for the Friday test.
Topics and Themes
- Bible: Please see sheet (1-4); Unit 2 Test; Forgiveness and Change by Love (5-8)
- Mathematics: For current topics and practice materials, please use links below.
- Spelling: Lists are available on Spelling City (5-8).
- Reading: Comprehension and fluency strategies are learned and practiced as we read Warrior Maiden (1-2), Sarah, Plain & Tall (3-4), and Salt & Pepper (5-8). We extend our usage of these skills during our independent reading time.
- Writing/Grammar: News writing
- Social Studies: Southeast United States, Early Spanish Explorers (1-4), American Revolution (5-8)
- Science: Magnets/Electricity (1-4), Immune System (5-8)
Christmas Gifts - CDs for Sale
Monday, Dec. 7th, 8:30pm to Friday, Dec. 18th, 11:45am
202 North Carmel Street
If you need your order shipped, we will be happy to do that for a small extra fee just to cover the expense. Please FB message, call, or text Bethany Bolduc OR call the school.
Thank you! May God richly bless you and your family this holiday season.