What a weekend of Colorado extremes! We hope you were able to get out and enjoy the glorious fall weather on Saturday, and maybe even have some snowy weather fun on Sunday! Fall at Rivendell is such a busy time. Next week, we have our second day of parent/teacher conferences and Fun Fest on Friday. This is a great community event where your kids can have fun playing all the games, and you can meet and chat with other Rivendell parents. We hope you can make it. We also have our Halloween parade and parties on October 31st. Please keep a look out for requests to help with the class parties. If that isn’t enough, we have the Older Kid Musical on Friday 26th at noon. Tina has been working so hard to prepare our students. They are doing a great job, but please check in with your child to see how memorization of lines and songs is coming along.
In literacy, we are delving into our novel study books. We will continue with these books for the next couple of weeks. Students should make sure they are prepared for our meetings on Monday and Thursday by reading the assigned chapters and completing the small assignments. In writers’ workshop, we are beginning a myth. This will be a great opportunity for our students to continue practicing adding details and description to their stories. They will also be working on adding dialogue and using correct punctuation. Our kids are pretty excited about this project.
Math work sessions are going well. We have just had a wave of kids completing math books. In older kids we work on students persevering and spending more time trying to figure out problems independently before they get help. Many kids are working on multi-step word problems and are learning a 5 step process to solve these problems.
- Step 1 – Understand the problem and circle the question
- Step 2 – Highlight the important facts/numbers you need to solve the problem
- Step 3 – Decide which operation(s) to use
- Step 4 – Solve the problem, show your work
- Step 5 – Write the answer in a sentence and check your answer makes sense
We are really focusing on this last step. If you see DTMS next to an equation in your child’s math book, it means does this make sense.
The older kids are enjoying discovering more about Mesopotamia. They are fascinated by the gods and goddesses, and by the fact that the Mesopotamian gods were rather grumpy and unkind! We are learning more about what made Mesopotamia a civilization as we focus on the movement from nomads and hunters and gatherers to settling in one place where not everyone had to help with food collection and farming. This week, we are taking a look at the social structure and different jobs at this time.
Study vocabulary words
Math for 25 min.
Finish Vocabulary part E
Study vocab words
Read (Be prepared to discuss novel study on Thursday)
Read Novel Study for Monday