Three words could sum up this entire short week: Double Digit Subtraction
Yes, parents, that has been the largest focus of our time together this week. Please know that the methods we are teaching to our kids might look quite different from they way you learned to subtract. Click to see a quick video to help explain the "Expanded Method" and "Ungroup First" methods of doing subtraction. Your child may do their subtracting using any method they prefer. What's important is that they understand how to find the answer and are able to do it independently.
Also, in the process of learning double digit subtraction it has become apparent that MANY of these kiddos need a reinforcement of basic addition and subtraction facts. Along with their daily 20 minutes of reading, I would highly encourage your to have your child practice some basic math facts for 10 minutes or so daily, as well. Feel free to use Moby Max Fact Master as a resource for this.
I have put forth a challenge to the class. If everyone in our class can achieve 2 additional AR points by next Friday, we will have a class pizza party. Please remind your child of this challenge and encourage them to read, read, read over the weekend.
Our Valentine's Day party is planned for next Friday, February 13th, from 1:40-2:30. All are welcome to join us. I have contacted all volunteers already, but am still in need of a party coordinator if anyone is interested. Let me know. We will make a holder for our Valentines here in class, Please make sure a valentine is brought for each member of the class.
Here were our learning goals for the (short) week: