Happy sunny Friday! I have so enjoyed meeting with some of you this week during our parent conferences, and I look forward to seeing the rest of you next week. It is always nice to connect and spend some time talking about your children. For those of you who haven't had your meeting yet, it seems like it might be best to join the google meeting from your child's chromebook (or another chromebook) since the link is through my google classroom. If this won't work for you for some reason, let me know and I will set up a separate google meet for our meeting.
The big news this week is our classroom economy. Everyone has been paid, paid rent and taxes, and received penalties and/or bonuses. Subtracting our checks from our check registers has proven to be far more difficult that I anticipated, so we are taking a week off (having our own version of a "shut down"-- and maybe I'll give them all a stimulus check the week after!) so that our subtraction skills can catch up. The class is disappointed, but we WILL get back to it the week after next, and we will extend the final date by a week.
Speaking of subtraction, we are learning a variety of subtraction skills, leading up to using the US algorithm (which is what we used to call "borrowing.") Before I teach the class how to do that, I need to make sure they have a solid grasp of place value. Here is a look at the strategies we are currently using: