Middle Elementary News: June 2013

Middle Elementary News
It was great to see so many of you at our Curriculum Celebrations. Our 57 2nd and 3rd grade poets were very excited to show you all of their poetry.
Summer is almost here. While we all enjoy a slower pace and more relaxed days, please help us fight “Summer Slide”.(http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec11/vol69/num04/Slowing-the-Summer-Slide.aspx) This is what happens when children don’t exercise their reading, writing and math muscles over the summer. Students can lose weeks or months worth of progress. Fighting summer slide can be as easy as doing basically as much reading, writing and/or math each week that your child was required for weekly homework. Reading every day, even if it’s the comics or rereading old favorites, is especially important if your child is not reading at grade level. RAZ kids will be available for reading practice all summer. There are so many great things to write about in the summer. Write letters, keep a journal or travel-log. Your child will also have access to his or her Google Drive account all summer. Reflex math is a great way to get your 2nd grader to memorize or keep in mind addition and subtraction facts and for your 3rd grader to work on multiplication facts. In addition, card, board and dice games like Monopoly, Farkle and Yahtzee are fun ways to work on computation and mathematical problem solving.

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