Monday, September 1, 2014



Your kiddo will be bringing home papers with ID cards for both Think Through Math and XtraMath tomorrow. These are two programs I would like to be used on a regular basis. Think Through Math (TTM) is an interactive math program that caters to your kiddos personal needs. They have access to a live tutor with this program! XtraMath is a web-based program to increase speed and accuracy. I can track your kiddo's progress with both programs and see where there might be a need for improvement. 

I consider these programs to be your kiddos regular homework. I would like to see them on them at least three times per week. I will also be giving out paper homework, typically on a weekly basis. It will be given at the beginning of the week and due back at the end of the week. I know that your kiddos are very busy with all their activities and they need time to be kids, so if there are extenuating circumstances I can be flexible. Homework will not count as a grade for me! It is only to provide more practice for your kiddo. If I feel you kiddo needs some extra practice on a specific concept, I might assign individual homework for your child as well. 

Some ways to help your kiddo at home:

Identify patterns in the real world Talk with your child about patterns they may see in the world. These could be geometric patterns, number patterns, growth patterns, etc. 

Play “Race for $1 Our class has been playing a game called “Race for a Hundred” using base ten blocks. This game can be adapted to play with money. For two players, all that is needed are about 25 pennies, 25 dimes, one dollar bill, and a die. Take turns rolling the die. The number indicates how many pennies to draw. As a player collects 10 pennies, he/she should trade for a dime. Play continues until someone can trade ten dimes for one dollar. Talk about the relationship of pennies to dimes, dimes to dollars and pennies to dollars. Can your child explain in terms of 10 times as much or 1/10 the amount?

Questions to ask: Describe the relationship between each of the places on the place value chart. (For example, the tens place is ten times bigger than the ones place or the tens place is one-tenth the size of the hundreds place.)

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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