|Thoughts of Value|
During a random discussion this week, the word value came up. As any decent teacher would do, I paused and asked, "What does value mean?"
There were lots of confident guesses but, at first, no one offered a valuable definition. So, we continued to talk about value.
Later, another new word, habit, arose. And then there was benefit. Okay, you may be thinking, "Mr. Johnson, building vocabulary is your job."
And I love these organic learning opportunities. But building your child's vocabulary is really OUR job.
So, to help you on the home front, I suggest you look at these four simple suggestions and make these valuable recommendations a habit for your child's benefit.
Of course, in the classroom, we go even further to make a point. For example...
|Values drive action|
This lesson needed the Old South Indian Monkey Trap. And now you have the pleasure of asking your child how it worked.
|What's worth holding onto?|
In other news, we started MAP testing and will finish up next week.
This year we've tried testing with laptops in the classroom. Ordinarily we'd go to a computer lab. When you come in for the Parent Teacher Conference, we will discuss the new testing environment and the results.
|The Royal Family (picture above)|
|Kiare the Royalty|
|The Greedy Queen|
We continue to "give back" by reading a few minutes each week with Pre-Kers.
|Chairing a book|
Wacky tales from Louis Sachar's Wayside School is helping us analyze fiction and become more imaginative.
Swimming starts next week and third grade swim days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'm sure your child will remind you but please make note too.
Also, there will be no school for students on Monday. Teachers will have a professional development day.
Words Worth? The blog's title is a pun, as you may know, and it comes from a portion of William Wordsworth's (1805) The Prelude: Book 1: Childhood and School-time