Sarah's Weekly Update 9-20-12

posted Sep 20, 2012, 1:09 PM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Sep 21, 2012, 11:17 AM ]
Class Work
Over the last two weeks we’ve started in with some of the regular weekly assignments that the class will be expected to keep up with. In grammar the fourth grade is working with suffixes, and matching appropriate suffixes to root words. Fifth grade is starting to pay attention to parts of speech, and is learning to identify the parts of the noun family: nouns, adjectives, and articles. Sixth grade is focusing on punctuation and on correcting punctuation mistakes. 

This week I’ve also started giving math lessons. Students are receiving three math assignments each week, and they are expected to be doing math every day. For September and October, the main focus is going to be on multiplication and division, while some groups are ready to start venturing into fractions and decimals. 
Homework and Work Plans
This year I’m asking students to keep a daily record of work goals for that day, along with what other work they accomplished in addition to their daily goals. Students are checking off goals as they complete them, and at the end of the day, I am expecting any incomplete goals for that day to go home. I am also requiring students to take their work plans home each evening so that parents can get an idea of what is going on at school. Work plans are required to return to school each morning with a parent signature. 

Many students are still learning how to complete and use their work plans, so feel free to use the work plan as a conversation starter about what school looked like and what your learner did while they were here. 

Class Meeting
If you have questions about work plans, homework, or anything else pertaining to the class, we’re having an informational meeting on Thursday, September 27 at 6:00 in the evening. We’ll be covering a brief overview of class policies and curriculum along with any other questions you might have. I look forward to seeing you there. 

I am currently looking for people who would be able to work one on one with students who need help focusing on work. If you have time during our morning work period, between 9:15 and 11:40, please contact me, and we can set up a time that works well all around.

Thank you all,
Sarah, Emily, and Room 7