Thursday, March 12, 2015

March Progress Reports

Thank you for supporting your child at home with all our math activities at school.  We had a wonderful time at Pi day, with the edible part of the calculation and exploration work and also a fun introduction to trigonometry concepts.   Please ask your child about polar graphing, the degrees of a circle and what the ratio of Pi really means.  I hope everyone is able to see these many interesting sides to help them see math as exciting and fun.  We notice that each Pi Day brings new discoveries and realizations.

 I am amazed at how well so many of our students understand math because of their understanding of the historical aspects and  the sensorial issues of these mathematical discoveries.  I feel privileged to be a Montessori teacher and have the flexibility to connect these many topics in an interesting way. Every child in our class is a unique scientist, mathematician, and writer.

Tomorrow, students will be receiving a report that shows up to date standards mastery and attendance information.  Please read each page carefully to see how well your child is mastering the state standards and if their are any other factors impeding their progress.   Please also read our page on attendance that explains how attendance affects your child's progress each day.  We are noticing an increase in absences and tardies and few of those children are making any earnest efforts to make up what was missed.  Also, many students have some additional work to finish in math over the break.  Please make sure your child remembers to do a little bit each day so they are not overwhelmed.

We wish everyone a wonderfully relaxing Spring break and invite anyone to contact us if they have any questions or concerns.  Be sure to sign and return your portion of the report on Monday. Thanks again for your diligence and support of your child's learning and emotional growth. See you on the 23rd!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pi Day is just a "round" the corner!

It is hard to believe how fast the time has flown!  We are so pleased with how much everyone is learning and how many members of our class are challenging themselves.  This week we have been doing additional math activities that are centered around the study of circles and the unique ratio known as Pi.  Please note that our Pi Day Celebration that was originally scheduled for Friday is being moved to this Thursday.  We ask that all students bring the following in as part of this mathematical and circular celebration:

  1. Edible Circular items to share with the class. (this can include oranges, cookies, donuts, pies, cakes, brownies, candies, etc.  There is no need to have one item for each class member as we expect to be able to cut items up as needed from the many offerings available.

  1. A sheet of paper that has a clear and accurate drawing of the circular item to be shared at the celebration, legibly labeling the circumference, radius, diameter, in cm or inches and area in cm or inches squared. (other nomenclature discussed in class such as arcs, segments, chords, and volume, is optional to include).

Students have spent this week learning the names, measuring the parts, and working hard to understand the concepts of circles and pi through models, hands-on learning, and history lessons.  Pi day is designed to celebrate and showcase that learning in a fun and enjoyable way.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at any time!