Sarah's Weekly Update 10-13-11

posted Oct 13, 2011, 12:57 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Academic Work
In math students are still concentrating on operations. Most have started bridging from the Montessori materials to paper pencil work. Several of our older students have gotten the review of operations that they needed, and are starting to move on to working with fractions.

We have been focusing more on writing for the last couple weeks. Last week we started discussing the Ideas and Content trait of writing, and students came up with what great writing looks like, what okay writing looks like, and what bad writing looks like. This week they are taking those things into consideration as they put together a story.

We started working on science experiments this week. We’re looking at ways to make a science experiment repeatable. Experiments need to be repeatable so that they can be confirmed. So currently the class is working on writing directions that are exact enough to be followed by someone else.

Practical Life
One thing that I am trying to focus on with the class right now is working well in groups. With the work that has been going on with the variety show, a number of communication issues have come up. I like the experience, and I see these issues as a learning experience for all. Being able to work well with others is a skill that will come in useful for everyone sooner or later.
I’m still looking for people who would be able to come in and work one on one with students. If you are available between 9:30 and 11:30 in the mornings and would be interested, please let me know.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Explosions and Fireworks themed class basket for the Ridgeline Rising fundraiser. It looks like some fun things have found their way into the basket, and I’m sure other class baskets are just as interesting. Don’t forget to come down to our Ridgeline Rising fundraiser at Southtowne Shoppes on October 22, when all the baskets will be auctioned off. The school choir will be performing, and Cheri’s class will be bhangra dancing. There will also be other events and games for the whole family.

Family conferences are coming up at the end of the month. They will be taking place on October 31 and November 1. Signup sheets are now in the office, so stop in and find a time that works.

Thanks a lot,
Sarah, Emily, and Room 2