It was so nice to get into “real” school this week. Math groups are up and running; the kids know where they should be during reading and writing time; daily groups that focus on English conventions have been set up; and we’ve kicked off our “Plants and Animals of the Columbia River Gorge” unit.
Your child may have told you about their math group. If they haven’t, please ask them about it. Our new math curriculum is very engaging and thorough. Kids are learning concrete math skills, but doing so in a kid-friendly, playful way. The math groupings are fluid. If your child started off slowly, but begins to build skills far beyond the rest of the group, it’s very easy to place them in a different math group.
Reading is also grouped so kids with similar needs can learn together. Mrs. Shaw is leading “LetterLand” for our most emergent readers; Ms. Belesiotis will be guiding the most experienced readers; and Mrs. Wold will be meeting daily with the students who are just beginning to read independently. Again, the groups are fluid. We keep close tabs on each child’s progress and communicate frequently to ensure each child is getting the instruction that is most appropriate for them.
One highlight of our week was the field trip to Larch Mountain. The weather was perfect; the chaperones were perfect; the kids were perfect. This was a quick hike and picnic to set up our study of the plants and animals of the area. The kids had a scavenger hunt to do, which hopefully forced them to take a moment to notice their surroundings in detail. At the top of Sherrard Point, we saw Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and of course, Mt. Hood. The fires in White Salmon cast a bit of a haze, but that was interesting in itself. Pictures will be on the website very soon (if not already). Please sign up to receive pictures and notices automatically. If you’d like us to help you, just email and we’ll sign you up. If your child doesn’t show up in any of the pictures, it’s either because the designated photographer missed them or because we don’t have a signed photo release.