The value of losing

“…Loving parents allow their children to develop winning skills by allowing them to experience disappointments, make small mistakes, and experience the natural and logical consequences. Shielding them from all of life’s hardships sends the message that they aren’t strong enough to cope with their losses. Loving them through their sadness allows them to win every time they lose.”

Read the rest here.

Originally posted 2012-03-07 07:14:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Class activities for Friday, November 9

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due Fridays. We also had a cursive quiz this week.

Reading: Students worked on MobyMax Reading Stories again today.

Writing: Students worked on prewriting conferences with partners today. We also started drafting. A fiction story is due Sunday, November 25. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Students should be finished with prewriting their fiction story and starting to draft by now.

Math: Many students are close to finishing our topic of adding and subtracting decimals. A few students are finishing leftover skills, and most have started to work on the next topic. We are up to 93% mastery, with a goal of 100% by November 13. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: None today due to extra time with social studies.

Social Studies: We learned about the history of Martin Luther and his role in the religious wars that were the spark of the Age of Exploration.

Character Strength: We are learning about bravery this week.

Notes:

  • The first marking period ends Friday, November 9.
  • Fall conferences are November 13-16. View your conference time.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at JupiterGrades.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 6th grade.

Class activities for Thursday, November 8

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due Fridays.

Reading: Students worked on MobyMax Reading Stories today.

Writing: We talked about the problem and solution of our stories using a simple organizer: Somebody Wanted But So. It reminds students to think about the main character, what they want to happen, what problem arises, and what they do to solve the problem.

A fiction story is due Sunday, November 25. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Students should be finished with prewriting their fiction story by tonight.

Math: Students took a STAR Math test today. We are up to 92% mastery, with a goal of 100% by November 13. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: We used a simulation to learn that all organisms get energy from breaking down food matter. Plants break down the food matter that they make to use for energy. The sun is the main source of energy in an ecosystem, because the sun allows plants to make food, and then that food matter moves up the food chain. Without the sun, there would be no food.

Social Studies: None today.

Character Strength: We are learning about bravery this week.

Notes:

  • The first marking period ends Friday, November 9.
  • Fall conferences are November 13-16. View your conference time.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at JupiterGrades.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 6th grade.

Class activities for Monday, November 5

Spelling: We practiced spelling irregular verbs, which are verbs that can’t be spelled with the “ed” suffix: run/ran, eat/ate, catch/caught.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due Fridays.

Reading: Students completed a STAR Reading test today.

Writing: We talked about our next piece of writing, which will be a fiction story. Students can write any type of fiction story as long as they create their own characters and action. A fiction story is due Sunday, November 25. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Students should be prewriting their fiction story at this point.

Math: We practiced estimating decimal subtraction and subtraction using pictures. We are up to 86% mastery, with a goal of 100% by November 13. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: Students wrote their ideas about where plants get food molecules from.

Social Studies: Students worked on a digital review and quiz about new technology that explorers used.

Character Strength: We are learning about bravery this week.

Notes:

  • No school tomorrow due to election day.
  • The first marking period ends Friday, November 9.
  • Fall conferences are November 13-16. View your conference time.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at JupiterGrades.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 6th grade.

A healthy way to solve problems

It might be funny to watch a dysfunctional family on TV, but it’s not fun being a part of one, says Love and Logic in a recent article. Researchers have studied what makes families happy and healthy, and one important discovery has been who family members talk to when the have problems:

  • In healthy families, Mom talks to Dad when she is upset with Dad.
  • In unhealthy families, Mom talks to the kids when she is upset with Dad.
  • In healthy families, Dad talks to Mom when he’s upset with Mom.
  • In unhealthy families, Dad talks to his friends when he is upset with Mom.
  • In healthy families, Junior talks to Dad when he wants something from Dad.
  • In unhealthy families, Junior talks to Mom when he wants something from Dad.
  • In healthy families, Junior talks to his teacher when he doesn’t understand an assignment.
  • In unhealthy families, Mom and Dad talk to Junior’s teacher when Junior doesn’t understand an assignment.

The pattern is probably clear by now. Healthy communication involves going directly to the party involved in the problem, rather than involving a third party. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and quickest way to a solution means going to the person involved. Read the whole article here.

Originally posted 2017-04-13 13:35:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter