Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
We have got new sand toys that we are playing with at playtime after morning tea and lunch time. We need to really look after our toys when we are finished with them so that we don't lose them!
We have been having so much fun playing with these toys in the sandpit. We are building, digging and creating wonderful worlds and castles!
We had a wonderful day of Student Led Conferences and our learning scavenger hunt. Some of the children reflected on their goals from the beginning of the year with their parents. We were all happy to see how many people had achieved their goals and were moving on to new goals. We all agreed that it wasn't magic that we could now do what we couldn't before. There has been lots of hard work and perseverance going on to get us to our goals!
Then the class lead all of the parents on a learning scavenger hunt. Children showed and explained many parts of our room and the types of things we are learning and doing and then they got to do some learning together!
We read stories together, created pictures at the making table, played maths games and wrote letters to the teachers!
We used QR codes to find videos and stories around the room and helped our Growth Mindset Tree grow by adding new ways of thinking to it!
THIS IS WHAT OUR LEARNING SCAVENGER HUNT HAD ON IT. YOU CAN TALK ABOUT SOME OF THESE IDEAS AT HOME!
Show the treaty and explain what it says. Let’s talk about why we have these rules.
Choose a growth mindset book and read it together. Talk about the ideas
Go outside and do some exercises to strengthen your body
Create something at the making table
Show me the calendar wall. What do we do here? Let’s sing the days of the week song. How many days have we been at school?
Use the Ipad and find 2 QR codes around the room
Show me the poem of the week. Let’s read it together. I’ll show you how many words I know!
Help me write a letter to a teacher about something that helps me learn. You can help me with the sounds and help me finish off if it takes too long.
Let’s choose something off the maths shelf to explore. We might make a pattern, build a tower and count, or more!
Take the bowling or quoits outside and play a game
Listen to a story on the listening post
Help me match the parts of the body in Te Reo Maori to the arrows
Help me change my language and change my mindset by turning an old way of thinking into a new one. Use an orange leaf to write down a fixed mindset phrase and replace it with a green leaf with a growth mindset phrase. Help me practise saying them and then let’s stick them on the tree.
Here is the growth mindset tree we made and some of the types of things we can remind ourselves to think when things feel hard
What a wonderful turn-out! Thanks to everyone and to all of the kids for thinking so hard about their learning and sharing it with their parents!
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
In maths we have been working on a few different things. In this workshop we were working on estimating and checking by grabbing a handful of matchsticks and guessing how many we thought we had. Then we counted to check. We were really trying to get a feel for a number. Does this feel like a big number or a little number? Then once we checked and we did it again we could compare and ask ourselves, "does this pile feel bigger or smaller than the last one?" The whole idea was hard because so many of us just wanted to get the "right" answer, but really we were trying to practise feeling the numbers. This is where growth mindset in maths is so important--it isn't all about knowing the answer or even getting the answer, it's about thinking, questioning and justifying our ideas!
In this workshop we were working on making teen numbers. We have some confusion around teen numbers (12,13,14,15, 16, 17, etc.) and ty numbers (20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90) so we are really trying to get to the essence of a teen number and see how teens only have 1 ten and some more, while ty numbers have more bundles of tens. We are starting to learn that the first number of a 2 digit number shows us how many tens are in the number.
Basic Fact Busses
Our basic fact busses have different information that you can help me with at home. We are working on trying to instantly recognise numbers and patterns, but one of the main ways we are doing that is through number talks. We look at the patterns and talk about them. Children share how they know what the number is without counting all the dots. For instance, when looking at something like this number pattern one child might explain they knew it was 6, because it's 1 more than 5, or the next number after 5. Someone else might see it as 3 and 3 and some might say because I know there are 4 missing to make 10, so that gives me 6. This explanation of how they know and see the numbers helps develop their number sense. Help your children see these different patterns and help them see there are so many different ways to see 6 and make 6.
Here's a look at what different people are working on in their Busses in the next few weeks:
*Please help me practise counting forward and backward (let’s make sure I am saying teen and not ty numbers, e.g. 13 not 30).
*Please help me by showing me 1 # and asking me what comes before or after that number.
Let’s practise some doubles!
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