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This one is just for adults. I look forward to seeing you all.

At this point I have three math groups going. Kids who have memorized their multiplication facts have moved into an independent math group. They are working on solving multi-step problems using bigger numbers and applying concepts. Memorization isn’t much fun, but knowing the basic facts will help the kids in a big way. Anything you can do to help your child get there would be greatly appreciated. I tell them not to spend a lot of time. Five to ten minutes a day will help.

You may have noticed that some nights reading is the only homework I send. For example, tonight I asked them to read 45 minutes. I know that some kids can’t focus for 45 minutes, not yet. So, I tell them to go home and read for 20 minutes then to go outside and play. Before bed they can read again. I do not mean to torture your kids. If 30 to 40 minutes is all they can do for now then I am okay with that. I do want them to build stamina though. That will only come with practice. If they read 30 minutes and are unable to continue, encourage them to come tell me. I will adjust the homework to fit your child, but that requires that they advocate for themselves. I think that this is important for two reasons. It requires them to take personal responsibility. It also teaches them to be self aware.

Extra credit Homework: Some kids are ready for more. I will encourage them to do a variety of things, like solve math problems or practice their times tables (whatever is appropriate for them). They can also do research on the things we are doing in class. Today I told them that they can research Helen Keller, biomes, or Charlotte from Riding Freedom.

Thank you for the support you give your children.

Daniel (Mr. Sloan)