This week with our Wonders program we will be talking and reading about maps and how to use them. What is a compass rose? Why are maps important? How can we use a map to locate places? The book Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney is a great introduction to maps and geography. We will take what we learn about maps in this book and apply it to our own lives. Where is New Boston on the map? How about the state of New Hampshire? Our country...our continent?
Our phonics focus continues with tricky digraphs. This week we will learn about ch, tch, wh, and ph. Our spelling words are:
whip, whale, catch, match, chin, graph - - many, around
We will also be exposed to: by, place, walk
We are finishing up Unit 4 in the Everyday Mathematics program. Doubles and doubles +1/-1 will be the focus this week. Knowing our doubles facts and the addition/subtraction facts of 10 will help to make adding and subtracting within 20 much easier and faster.
Adding three numbers together will be introduced later in the week (the Associative Property of Addition - - adding numbers together regardless of how the numbers are grouped together). Your children are already familiar with the Commutative Property of Addition (turn-around facts). They are excellent detectives for spotting them and using this thinking to solve equations. Why is this important? Understanding that when three or more numbers are added together it doesn’t matter which two numbers are added first - - the sum will still be the same. Looking for known facts (doubles, +/- within 10) makes this task easier and more proficient.
Our Acts of Kindness cards are on their way to Okinawa, Japan (Thank You, Mrs. Carter). We helped to create 81 beautifully decorated holiday trees for the servicemen and servicewomen. I was so proud of your children – their enthusiasm for this project brought such joy to Mrs. Kierstead and me.
Snow reminder...your children will need the following snow gear in order to play outside at recess:
hats, warm coat, snow pants, gloves/mittens, boots