Happy Veteran’s Day! On Friday, we learned about what a Veteran is, and what their life of sacrifice might look like. We found out that there are 5 different branches to our military, and that a group of brave women became the first air pilots in 1976! Most importantly, we learned to be thankful to those who made sacrifices to protect our country and freedom.


On Friday, I sent home XtraMath Reports. XtraMath is the online program that we are using to help your child memorize their addition facts. Having a solid foundation in addition facts also supports them with subtraction facts, as we saw in Lessons 3.5 and 3.6. Eventually, students will use their addition facts to learn multiplication as well. (3×5 is really 5+5+5!) Being ‘fluent’ in addition will make your child’s elementary math years sooo much easier!!! Please quiz them on their basic math facts, encourage them to practice or recall facts, and allow them to practice on XtraMath.org. Students ask me to do this during indoor recess. Let me repeat that: the students are asking me if they can practice math facts during recess time. It’s a great blend of student interest + learning:  they want to be on the computer, we want them to learn math facts….It’s a win-win! If you need your child’s log in code, just let me know!


Important Information for 11/12-11/16:
Monday 11/12 No School (Veterans Day)
Wednesday 11/14 Noon Dismissal; 5pm-8pm Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thursday 11/15 No School; 10am-8pm Parent-Teacher Conferences; ECC in session


Wednesday 11/21 School-wide Thanksgiving Feast & Turkey Trot (afternoon)
Thurs/Fri 11/22-23 No School – Thanksgiving Break


No tests due to a short, interrupted week


Math: Chapter 3: Basic Facts and Relationships
Mental Math ‘Tricks’ to be taught this week:

  • Count backwards by 1, 2, 3 to solve subtraction facts
  • “Jump” back to 10, then subtract the rest
  • Problem solving: Using models and equations

Vocabulary: addends, sum, difference


Reading/ELA (English Language Arts):

  • Story: A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • Comprehension Strategy: We will be learning a new comprehension strategy in small groups. There are four strategies that students will learn to monitor and improve their understanding: Predict, Clarify, Summarize, Question. This is called reciprocal teaching, and you can read more about it here!
  • Phonics: Your child knows how to count syllables; this week we are learning about open syllables and closed syllables. This helps improve spelling and reading abilities. With a closed syllable, the vowel will be short; with an open syllable, the vowel will be long. Read more about this interesting topic here. (I bet you didn’t know there were 6 types of syllables!)


Science: Unit 1: Engineering Design Process
Vocabulary: engineer, design process, solution, strength, weakness


Social Studies: Unit 1 Lesson 4. Customs, Traditions, Cultures.
Vocabulary: custom, tradition, culture


Religion: The 10 Commandments


How can I help my child this week? We’ll have another growth mindset video on Tuesday night. Remember that this homework is more discussion based, so you can do it at a time you prefer. These are great discussion questions that you can ask your child to reflect on every day throughout the week, helping your child develop into a strong and resilient person! Keep praising their time, effort, and persistence instead of innate ability or talent. Especially when they say, “I’m just not good at this!” or “This is too hard!” correct their mindset – “This is going to take some time and effort.” “I WILL get the hang of this, I just need to keep practicing!”


In His Service,
Mrs. Budenholzer
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8