Eric's Weekly Update 6-13-11

posted Jun 13, 2011, 10:10 AM by Cynthia Friedman
This week…
Our days are numbered. Monday we will be going to Skate World, Tuesday evening the 8th graders will have a farewell ceremony, and on Wednesday I will be preparing my traditional end-of-year pancake breakfast for the class. I make as many pancakes as the students can eat, and provide margarine, jam, syrup, and real whipped cream as toppings. This could be a nice break for you too if you typically serve your student breakfast. Even if your child doesn’t want to share in the meal, the relaxed atmosphere is fun and memories are made.

After we clean up from breakfast, we will eventually make our way to Amazon Park to join Emily and Ali’s class for some adventure. We will stay until the kids look to be played out and then return back to the classroom.

I would like to thank all those who volunteered time and resources for the activities we have done this year. Reading with students, chaperoning, sharing meals, and providing supplies and moral support have made the year better than Adriene and I could have done alone. You are so appreciated. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!

Students who practice reading, writing, and math over the summer will be about 6 weeks ahead of their peers who did no practice over the summer. Put another way, if a student lets their mind go mushy over the summer it will take about 6 weeks of skill building to get back to where they left off at the end of the last school year. Moral of the story: Please encourage your child to read to you EVERY day (even 10 minutes will do). Encourage them to keep a summer journal or write friends and relatives. Keep drilling with math facts (especially those working on multiplication facts). If your child has learned to perform math operations abstractly (pencil and paper with no Montessori materials needed) have them do a few during the day just to keep that mind of theirs sharp. You will thank me later, and I will thank you (even if your child wont). Ten weeks can go by fast so try to work out a schedule that can keep your cherub consistent. Finally, I wish you a peaceful summer full of memories and laughterJ.

Eric and Adriene