A couple of things I want to share with you. First of all, we will be taking the NWEA test tomorrow and Thursday. I know students feel these are a drag, but it is very important for each student to try his/her best. Because of this, the only homework students have this evening is to read for 15 minutes.
Cursive...I know some of you may wonder why we are taking time with cursive handwriting. There is a lot of brain research concerning the act of writing and brain stimulation. In a nutshell, cursive handwriting uses both hemispheres. Students that are already proficient in cursive handwriting will not have practice sheets but will be completing all work in cursive (unless they are given other directions.) Those that are new to cursive or are struggling will be given direction on cursive handwriting and practice sheets. These students will be required to write in cursive soon.
Math...we will continue to work on math facts. We started our first lesson in math today, but did not get through the whole thing. Because there is not a text, I will post video clips and have the students take notes to help them complete their homework. The math is very different from the way we learned, and you and/or your child may become frustrated in the completion of homework. Please do not think that I do not want you to help your child. I am just giving you fair warning. The goal is for the students to have enough practice in class that they will know how to complete their homework. :-)
Miss Cunningham is back in a classroom after working on interventions for several years. When she started interventions, she gave the books she had on her bookshelves to other teachers. Now, being back in the classroom, she does not have any books for her students to read. If you happen to have any books your children have outgrown and want to part with, feel free to send them in to the school. I will see she gets them. She is teaching 2nd grade.
Have a great evening!