Clint's Weekly Update 10-2-14

posted Oct 2, 2014, 11:18 AM by Cynthia Friedman
This week we moved closer towards implementing more of our rigorous academic program, with math lessons, SRAs, and more 3 Island work.

Math Lessons

Students received their first formal math lessons this week with assigned follow-up.  Fourth years are reviewing their math facts; fifth years are studying squaring; and sixth years are reviewing multiples and factor.  I began introducing the topics in small groups of no more than five students with the premise that each student will complete the follow up assignments at his or her own pace, but in a reasonable amount of time.  If some students are interested in progressing faster, they are welcome to turn in their work and request an additional math lesson.


Starting next week, I will also have students write their follow-up assignments on their work plans so you can see what they are learning in math.


SRA

Mary Kate introduced the students to SRA work on Monday of this week.  SRA are  individualized reading activities that offer lessons in decodable text, timed reading

and fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, test preparation, and literature.  It is really a well designed program that fits nicely with our Montessori classroom culture.


3 Islands

The ships finally made it to the 3 Islands.  Upon the characters’ arrival, they learned that the weather on the islands was beautiful and calm.  In fact, it was a wonderfully comfortable Spring-like morning.  While most of the characters were taking in the sights from the safety of their yacht, a group of adventurous characters scouted out the new islands.  They found strawberries four times bigger and better than back home and grapevines that were as big as a person’s leg.  


The scouts also encountered mysterious figures that seemed to come out of nowhere.   The figures were on their hands and knees, crawling towards the scouts when they were first noticed.  After the scouts fired their guns, the figures ran off towards a mysterious ship without any markings on it.  The ship vanished without a trace.  


More 3 Islands adventures are sure to come next week!


Thank you for helping keep your son or daughter ready for school each day!



Clint and Mary Kate


Ongoing Volunteer Needs for Room 10


To sign up, please email me or follow this Google Document link: https://docs.google.com/a/ridgeline.org/spreadsheets/d/1GXbOAC_MVpPVzh1FhKmR1PibvqcmR4qAZ2EEyeIYMSs/edit#gid=0


Project

Details

Approximate Time Required

Due Date

Work at Ridgeline

or Off Site?

Reinforce Folder Bindings.


Kids can help.

The folders for the Calendar Project are ripping out of the 3 ring binders and need to be tape reinforced

60-90 minutes

ASAP

Work in Room 10

Lunch Monitor

Spend time with students during our lunch. Sometimes students want to eat outside but the school requires adult supervision


M, Tues., and Thursdays: 12:30-1:00

Wednesday: 12:00-12:30

Frida: Varies depending on students work completion

30 minutes each lunch

None

Room 10

Green Card Activities

When students complete all of their work for the week we call it "Going Green". Going Green allows students to explore different areas of interest, like origami, sewing, and handmade card making. If you have a skill that you would like to teach students (think furniture design, knitting, crocheting!) on Friday mornings, we would love to have you here!

30-60 minutes on a Friday morning

None

Room 10

Regular Work Period Volunteer

Some students could use a regular volunteer to work with to ensure work completion.

30-60 minutes, one day per week

None

Room 10

Move furniture to the binder room

The classroom's storage area is full of desks, shelving, and a few boxes that could be moved to the school's storage area just around the corner.

30 minutes

None

At Ridgeline.


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