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Goldfinch

Tonya Reynolds

Tonya Reynolds

Natalie Fisher

Natalie Fisher

Goldfinch Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Natalie Fisher and Tonya Reynolds are the classroom’s co-teachers.

The last math fact test will be Wednesday, May 27th. Please make sure that your child continues to practice math facts over the summer.  See our summer blog for additional math ideas and websites.  Have a fun summer!

Your students have grown to be great readers, writers, and mathematicians this year.  They have gained many skills that will still need to be practiced over the summer to ensure retention.  Thus, it is important to keep your students reading, writing, and practicing math over the summer.  This work in the summer can bridge the end of one school year and the beginning of the next.

Try these fun websites for activities with your child.

  1. Funschool.com
  2. Funbrain.com
  3. arcademicskillbuilders.com
  4. MrMeyers.org/Math Mania
  5. Coolmath-games.com
  6. AAA Math

Some tips for summer reading and writing!!

  1.  Sign up for the Summer Reading Program-Children keep track of the books they read and are rewarded at various stages of reading during the summer.
  2. Help with meals- Read a recipe to get the ingredients, write a grocery list (using commas), find things at the grocery store, and read the recipe aloud to mom or dad.
  3. Keep books in the car and make sure a good book gets tucked into sports bags and campers’ backpacks.  Have your child read aloud to you and ask them comprehension questions.  Why was the boy mad at his brother?  Do you like the book?  How might you change the ending?
  4. Connect reading with other summer activities.  Read books about places you will go over the summer or things you will be doing.
  5. Read it, then do it.  Does your child want to learn magic tricks? Juggling?  Dancing?  There’s sure to be a book that can help.  Have your child read the instructions and then give it a try.
  6. Change an ending to a book.  Read a favorite book and write a new ending.
  7. Write letters– The art of letter writing is lost.  Introduce your child to letter writing and ask grandparents, cousins, or friends to write back.
  8. Write a book.  I would love to read it in the fall!!!
  9. Have a no talk day.   Only write and read notes back and forth to each other.
  10. Read license plates.  Have your child use their phonics rules to “read” personalized license plates.
  11. Practice math facts while shooting a basketball, throwing a Frisbee, or diving into a pool. 
  12. Help pay for an item with money at a store or restaurant.
  13. Use the newspaper to hunt for numbers into the thousands or to read $ amounts.  Give your child $10 play money to go shopping in a store. Have your child add the money and make change.
  14. Tell time on an analog clock daily and to the nearest minute!
  15. Do math story problems while driving on a long trip.  For example, There were 14 cookies and you ate 8.  How many were left?
  16. Play the game Battleship on long car rides.  There are printable versions on line.  It is great for reading coordinates.
  17. Do experiments of all kinds.  Online has great kid friendly experiments.
  18. Take recyclables from around the house and have your child create a new invention or make a trash city.
  19. Read nutrition labels to make wise choices in food items purchased.
  20. Buy a math or language workbooks at your child’s age level and have your child work on it 2-3 times a week for 15-20 minutes.
  21. Make sure your child can tie his or her shoes independently!
  22. Have your child be part of the family by having your child take on daily family chores.  It is a great way to feel part of the family and to develop their sense of independence.
  23. Visit the University of Michigan Natural History Museum, the Cincinnati Natural History Museum, a nearby cave, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential House, Edison’s birthplace, or the Neil Armstrong museum.
  24. Take nature hikes and turn them into scavenger hunts.  Look for certain colors, flowers, leaf types, shapes, birds on your hike.  Rainy day indoor scavenger hunts are also fun!  Can you find 5 paper clips? Can you find something white and thin?
  25. Make sure your child knows his or her full name, full address, and at least 1 phone number with area code.

Have fun and stay safe!  

 Natalie and Tonya

 

Being able to plan, organize, and monitor one’s time are crucial skills in today’s world.  These three skills are a few elements of executive functioning, a term referring to the cognitive processes that guide, direct, and manage thinking, emotional responses, and behavior. Montessori’s model of education encourages the development of executive function skills. Maria Montessori wrote, “For it is from the completed cycle of an activity, from methodical concentration, that the child develops equilibrium, elasticity, adaptability, and the resulting power to perform the higher actions, such as those which are termed acts of obedience.” Three of these executive functioning skills practiced in a Montessori classroom are planning, organization, and time management.

dailytodosPlanning is a skill that pertains to a student’s ability to map out the necessary steps needed to reach a desired goal or complete a task, and to determine priorities in completing those steps. Students plan which works he or she will work on that day and the order in which the work will be accomplished. How can you help your child develop this skill during the summer? With a fresh piece of paper in front of him or her allow your child to plan a summer day. Starting with breakfast, a possible bike ride, lunch, play time with a friend, dinner, and a bedtime story with mom or dad this could lead to a full day!  Are you planning a vacation? Sit down with your child and plan out your itinerary.

Organization is a skill where students develop and maintain their own systems for organizing their learning environment, home environment, and/or materials. Starting with day one in a Montessori Lower Elementary classroom students learn to organize their rugs and materials. Recording notes in a notebook takes organization as well. Materials are organized in a sequential manner to help the students best learn. Who doesn’t want or need more organization in their home during the summer? Sit with your child and have him or her help organize the play room.  How about that closet or reading area in your home? Children from ages 6-9 love helping out in the kitchen. Allow them to help you organize your pots and pans or silverware.

Finally, time management is a skill that not only deals with the ability to determine the time needed to complete a task, but also involves judging how much time to allot to specific tasks based on the total amount of time available. Time management includes being able to work in specific time increments on multi-step tasks in order to meet deadlines. When writing a work plan students need to use time management. When using materials in the classroom students are constantly practicing time management skills.  Put these time management ideas to use this summer. Each day, set a time limit in which your child should complete a task such as getting dressed, brushing teeth, and making breakfast. Allow the child to figure out on his or her own how much time it takes to complete the task. A timer is often a wonderful tool for helping develop time management in young children. Assign a few tasks to be accomplished in a specific time period and see how your child does. The most important aspect is sitting with your child and discussing strategies to help him or her use their time wisely.

Planning, organization, and time management are all skills that are learned.  Practice, practice, practice!  What better time to practice but in the summer?!?!? 

As the year draws to a close this week will be our last spelling tests. Thank you for studying each week with your child.  Continue to work on spelling words during the summer and challenging your child to use the dictionary to check his or her spelling. 

 

 

You’re Invited to Scratch Day

Coordinated by Katie and Maureen Metzger

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  • When: Wednesday, May 6, from 3:30 – 5 p.m.
  • Where: Toledo Campus East Building Tech Lab
  • Who: 3rd – 6th level
  • What: Scratch Day is a day for students who want to learn Scratch, or have already learned it. There will be many activities for students without accounts, and anyone with a Scratch account will be able to share some of their projects in a show-and-tell.

What is Scratch?

Scratch is a programming language for kids developed at MIT. There is a website for kids to learn scratch programming and share their projects. It is very simple and easy, but is sometimes used to make very complicated projects. Some Scratchers like to post art or animations on scratch, while others post games, simulations, or stories.

If you are interested in attending, please email jschoepf@wsmctoledo.org.