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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

March 21, 2008

Dear Parents,
What a fun and hectic week we have had! We made Easter eggs that turned out beautifully… They are so sparkly! And several of the children said they still have the ones their older brother or sister made. How fun! We made several Easter baskets, and put a page of Easter words in alphabetical order.
We had an Easter egg hunt, and lots of fun activities.
In math we have been counting money, learning about a dozen and half dozen, adding 10 to a number, adding 9 to a number (add ten and subtract one), fractional parts and the basic math facts. I can not stress enough the importance of practicing the basic facts at home. Your child will benefit greatly by knowing the facts by memory before 2nd grade.
We have continued studying the solar system. Each child is writing a list of several facts about the planets they chose. We will have to tell what we know at our Distance Learning with Captain Cosmic in April.
Our Reading for Ribbons program is progressing nicely. The children should be trying to read books at a more difficult level. This will help their word attack skills. Many are continuing to receive ribbons. The program will end in May.
This spring we will be studying the parts of a plant, birds, butterflies, and magnets as part of our science unit.
Swimming is the week of March 31 – April 4. Your child will need a bathing suit, towel, and a bag to hold them.
Spring Break is April 7th – April 11th. No School that week.
We only have 9 more weeks to get prepared for 2nd grade. Our work load will be harder, and the expectations will be higher also.
We hope you have a wonderful Easter, and are able to spend lots of fun time with your family.
Judy Dye and Joi Stites