Saturday, March 24, 2018

Spring Splash!

Greetings! 


It's the most wonderful time of the year! 






Our beautiful pool has opened!!






Pencil Problems

Here is a sample of pencils I've seen in class. I wish we provided pencils, and we do when we can, but pencils are like lunch or snacks -- it's a family thing.  


Since most third graders are developing writers, which includes the mechanics of using a pencil, they need the best tools for the job.


This week we looked at the history of pencils and how they have been made since the 16th century. Fascinating stuff! 

Now we need you to purchase a quality set for your child's last quarter. 

Some kids actually liked the tiny chewed up ones without realizing those were not ideal for building nimble writing skills. I think they all understand now.


Fun Facts

We're spending more time (Time!) with non-fiction. 

Time for Kids is an excellent resource to help anyone understand factual and interesting information about a wide span of topics. It's smart reading and even set to grade levels.


You can access Time for Kids online free here

Let your child explore Time for Kids and be sure to ask her or him to "sum it up" each time. 

That is, summarize any article in 20 words or less with details to support the main idea. 


A Sparkling Farewell





We spent the day knowing that we'd be saying farewell to a joyful presence in our class and school. 





 And so it goes in international schools. Good energy is shared and warm memories remain. 


Spring Break 

Last thing, the kids have a Spring Break packet with four questions to answer each day over five days. Honestly, they wanted to do it. Like pencils, the kids want to stay sharp. Only one page (4 questions) per day please, if you can. 

Enjoy your Spring Break!
Don


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