Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mutliplication and the Commutative Property

Over the past week we have been learning so much about multiplication. Multiplication means putting equal groups together or adding the same number multiple times (repeated addition). I could use different strategies to show the meaning of a multiplication number sentence.  For example 4 x 3 means 4 groups of 3 so we could draw a picture to show four groups with three objects in each group, we could write 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 to represent the four groups of three added together or we could draw an array (grouping the objects into rows and columns)   
    x x x 
4  x x x 
    x x x
    x x x 

Today we learned about something called the Commutative Property. The Commutative Property of Multiplication is helpful because it lets us know if we change the order of the numbers we are multiplying (factors) it doesn't change the answer (product). 
Watch this video clip to learn more. 

How can knowing the Commutative Property of Multiplication help you in learning and practicing basic multiplication facts?

Monday, October 27, 2014

We are a "GOLD STAR" Classroom

Congratulations to the star students in room 5 who had worked hard to earn a gold star for being a kind and respectful classroom. Over the past few weeks we have been earning "star points" for being quiet and respectful in the hallways, working hard in our specials, following the rules and routines in the lunchroom and being kind, respectful and responsible learners in the classroom. Last Thursday we had completed our 50 star chart which earned us the star. Today we were recognized at school meeting. Way to go kids! Keep up the kindness as we work to maintain the star each week. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reduce Some Stress--Homework Free Night

You may have seen this posted on various email newsletters, but for those who may not be aware, there is some background to our homework free night this week.

  • Wayland Connects is our deliberate attempt to acknowledge the rapid pace of life we lead and take pause for purposeful connection between friends and family.  Between schoolwork, music, sports, extra-curricular activities, and other commitments, many students and families can find themselves overextended and tired.  The schools have set aside October 22 and March 3 as two dates during which no homework will be assigned, and no school activities will occur. There will be no projects due the following day, nor will tests or quizzes take place. We encourage all families to participate and join in on a truly wonderful opportunity to take pause and reconnect with the ones you love.     Dates:  Wednesday, October 22, 2014; Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Some possible activities include:
Cooking dinner together
Going out to dinner with friends and family
Family game night
Visiting a museum
Doing a group art project
Read alouds
Family movie night
Supported by:
Wayland Public Schools
Wayland PTO
Wayland Youth and Family Services
Wayland Cares

We would love to hear what you did, if anything different, to take a break and reconnect. Please add your comment below.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The World of Technology

I am always amazed at how savvy the kids are with technology. Now that I'm a parent, I'm working hard to change some of my habits so I'm not always grabbing for my cellphone when I see it. While I Especially when it see how fascinated my little guy is by the world of electronics. While I can't keep him away from the digital media, I know I can try my best to my own responsible habits around their usage. Yes, we are all bringing our kids up in a digital world, which means keeping our kids safe and teaching them to "do the right" thing seems to take on a whole new dimension.

In Wayland we have an Acceptable Use Policy that students and adults are expected to abide by. To help them remember we use the acronym of LARK.  Do you know what LARK stands for? Please comment with the answer.

Are you stuck? Ask your child, check out the Friday eNewlsetter or the school's homepage for help.