Tuesday, August 20, 2019

First Rate Third Grade!


Minus two kids

I just wanted to say hi quickly and post a couple photos. Friday, I will share the week's events. For now, I can say today was great! 

Math practice

The kids were happy to be in school and ready to learn. They're a confident bunch. 

The adored reading loft
Good fit book 

Disciplined readers
Bean bagging


Friday, I will explain more about the class, this blog, Seesaw, and how we will proceed as a team in this glorious time called third grade. 

Until then, keep well,

Friday, February 8, 2019

Muddy Waters


We're up and running with Seesaw! This week, we learned a lot about how the platform's functions. Next week, the kids will do more of their own posting. So give us a couple weeks to get Seesaw savvy. So far so good. 


We learned about water filtration by making water filters with charcoal, sand, grass, and stones. 

Muddy Waters

The filters worked! even if the water was not immediately potable. 

100th Day of School

Most of you saw in Seesaw how the kids had lots of fun interactions with number 100. 


We're busy learning how and when to use division. Suggested IXL Math practice this week is section L.5 and L.7. For language arts, the kids read to discern an author's purpose. IXL Language Arts section B.2 would further exercise this skill. 


Third grade will host an ES assembly this Thursday morning from 7:30 to about 7:50 A.M.  Our theme is water, of course. If you can't come by, look for images or video on Seesaw.

That's it for this week's blog. 

Enjoy your weekend,

Friday, February 1, 2019




We've started using Seesaw to allow your child to share school happenings with you instantly. It's basically WhatsApp for school-related moments. I am sure you will like Seesaw.

Here's what you will see the first time you log-in, and I will help you download the app at the International Fair or through a QR code I will email out this weekend. No worries. 

Why Seesaw?

Cool, right?

The weekly blog will still exist so on to this week's:

Dividing OREOs

The kids were challenged to divide two boxes among themselves (on paper first) in equal amounts. 

And with success all around, they did more practice with two cookies each and too many left over for my diet. Yikes!  

IXL Math 

Since we have started division, any elective work at home in IXL Math sections I, J or K would be helpful. 

Wacky Reading

This book drives home the idea that no pictures are needed to see a story. Once we finish Wayside School the kids will creatively write themselves in the story. 

You might ask about some of the characters, settings, problems or solutions that we have seen at Wayside School so far. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Watery Week


Southern view left of Bridge 2 
Field Trip

Our visit to SOMAGEP, Mali's water quality organization, was informative and fun. 

The kids used notebooks and or amazement to enhance their memories of our shared time. 

And previously studied topics reappeared. Cool!

Salt used in water treatment!

Volume in liters; lots and lots of liters. 

Pumps and filters

Have a look inside the lab with your gracious guide, Mr. Aboubacar.

The kids were truly grateful for the time and knowledge SOMAGEP shared with us. 



We actually did an on-campus field trip earlier in the week and got a closer look at the water pumps and filters under our pool. 

Our own gracious guide, Mr. Baba
Hand Pumps

And our watery week started with our own hand pumps and early discussions about vacuum, suction, pressure, force and matter. 

Fun Math

IXL is great! I'd say. But abcya.com, a division of IXL, is a total blast!! This weekend or week or some point, I highly recommend letting your third grader show you abcya.com, and soon you'll agree her or his online practice time will be time well-spent. So, super fun and actual math practice, really? Yes!! Of course, there will be IXL recommended skills on the blog next week. 

End of Semester Music Show

                                                                          Trust me, rousing applause followed.

Happy Birthday C!

We've added yet another 9-year-old to our ranks. 

Yummy cake!

What a week! 

Report cards will go home Thursday so be on the lookout!

Enjoy your weekend,