Ms. Poirier's Class

Norman E. Day School

Domino Challenge

September18

This morning, in our meeting, we watched a shortened version of the following video.  We were all so impressed with the amount of effort that went into this feat!  The imagination, problem solving, and sheer time involved is just so admirable.  The kids wanted me to post this so they could share it with you!

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Online Math Logs on ipad/iphone/itouch

September13

Though it requires a few steps, Math Facts Pro (our online math logs) can be completed on an ipad, iphone, or itouch.  For kids that have their own devices or for those that want to be able to hand off their phone to their child at his sister’s soccer practice so he may get homework done, this may be a good option!

Go to the app store and download “Puffin Academy.”  This app has a purple background with a picture of a puffin:

 

Once Puffin is downloaded, go into the app.  (There is no Math Facts Pro app available, but Puffin houses a version that does the job.)  Once in Puffin, click the “Puffin Academy Portal,” a square on the top left of that little desktop:

 

Search for Math Facts Pro.  If you scroll down a bit you will see the blue circle symbol for Math Facts Pro.  Click it, then click “install.”

Once installed, the Math Facts Pro will be accessible only through this Puffin app.  From here, students can use their regular login information.

It is an extra step but allows the students to use the touchpad to answer rather than the mouse, which they definitely like better.  If you have questions, let me know.  I can try to answer them!

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Math Logs

September12

Today, the students were introduced to daily math logs.  Each child must answer 50 multiplication (or division) facts each evening Monday through Thursday.  Thus, the will review 200 facts per week.  These facts are to be practiced to increase accuracy and speed in recall.  Improving their fluency and accuracy in these will help them immensely throughout the entire math curriculum.  Math logs can be completed in 2 ways:  online or on paper.

Online Math Logs – Students should log into mathfactspro.com (link is always on our home page) and sign in with the sign in information they were given in school today.  The sign in credentials are to be kept in the binder (currently bound in a page protector).  Once signed in, students will be prompted to complete facts until they have 50 correct.  This is my preferrred option as the program will constantly challenge the kids and keeps their forward momentum going…no one will plateau.  Also, when a student masters 169 multiplication and 169 division facts, they may actually be done with fact logs!

Paper Math Logs – A copied packet of math logs will be available to those choosing this option.  Students will get a new packet each week.  A page a day is to be completed (50 problems).  Parents should check for accuracy and sign off on the daily log.  The packest will get progressively more difficult and will eventually be switched to division.  Students should time themselves and work to “beat the time,” each session.  Please note that all students completed 1 session of online facts in class today, thus, my “paper log folks” must only hand in 3 of the pages completed on Friday.

Email me with questions!

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Curriculum Night

September11

I am so happy that I got to met so many at last Thursday’s Curriculum Night.  If you couldn’t make it, or are dying to see the presentation again ;), I have posted it here!

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We made it!

August29

It was a whirlwind, but day 1 is behind us.  I am sure your student is coming home tired and sick of hearing me talk!  We introduced a ton of procedures and routines and were able to get to know each other a bit.  From where I was standing it looked like everyone was having a great day!  If you hear differently from your son or daughter, please email me; I am always looking but I don’t see everything.  We have a great bunch of kids who LOVE to talk! 😉

Tonight, there is no homework (none until next week), though they will be coming with plenty that needs to be addressed.  Here is a quick run down of the “to do” list being sent home for parents:

  1.  If you have not already done so, please fill out the information request for me here.
  2. An email came directly from the school for all the beginning of the year paperwork.  Fill it out here.
  3. Read through (and bookmark) our classroom blog.  This is where you can find the information needed for classroom particulars.

Our specialist schedule is as follows:

  • Monday – Gym
  • Tuesday – Music
  • Wednesday – Art
  • Thursday – Enrichment
  • Friday – Library AND Band/Strings
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We’re Gearing Up!

August16

The clock is winding down on summer and we are gearing up for the new school year! I have been setting up the class and starting to plan out our first few weeks together.  While I am going to enjoy every moment left of summer, I am really looking forward to the new school year.  New things and great changes are happening around the Day School to strengthen the school community and kick off the new year.  Our classroom has a fresh coat of paint and looks fantastic! Our “home away from home,” is shaping up!

I have purchased and collected nearly everything we will need to get us through the school year.  There isn’t anything you need to buy!  My one suggestion would be to grab a pair of ear buds or headphones.  We will be using the audio station in reading and most kids find it preferable to have their own set.  I do have classroom headsets available for use but many find it more sanitary to have their own.  This is entirely up to you.  You will not need these during the first few days of school.

During the first few days, I cannot wait to hear about your summers! I spent a whole lot of time at our family’s lake home in Barrington, NH, went hiking a few times, enjoyed the beach, visited Canobie, and got to see my friends a whole lot! My favorite thing, though, was all of the unscheduled, relaxed time I got to spend with my children. I am going to bring in a few pictures to share and I hope you will do the same.  Please bring in at least one picture of you doing something, with someone, or at a place you’d like to share with your class.  We will all have time to share during the first few days of school.

Finally, please let your mom or dad know to fill out the parent contact form.  A few completed this in June and do not need to resubmit.  Getting this done here means less paperwork in September!

Have a wonderful few weeks!  Enjoy the weather, make memories, and rest up!  I can’t wait to meet a few of you and see the rest of you again.  We are going to have an awesome year!

 

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Happy Summer!

June19

What an exciting end to school!  I am so happy that I got to meet all of my upcoming fourth graders!  Such a smiling, positive group; It makes me look forward to the next school year.  Already I have so many ideas and plans for fun projects and activities.  I hope you found some familiar faces when we met, but if not, have no fear!  We will get to know each other and build an awesome community when we come back together in late August.  And the classroom will certainly look different 😉  Fourth grade is going to be a fun and busy year. We study the whole United States, Energy, Plants and Animals, and our Changing Earth.  We will also tackle large multiplication, division, lots of geometry, and fractions.  We will write all kinds of stories and read so many great books.  If you are wondering how to be best prepared for fourth grade, make sure you read this summer…at least a couple of books!  I find that reading on the beach or in the shade on my back patio is best for me.  You can also practice your multiplication facts; you will need to know these for EVERYTHING we do in math.  Knowing them ahead of time will give you a huge advantage!  Now that we got the business out of the way…

Don’t forget…It’s summer vacation! 

Let’s not wish away all the time we have to relax, have fun, and spend time with our families.  This summer, I plan to go to the beach, read a ton of books, and just enjoy spending some stress free time with my family.  I hope we can make it up to our family lake house in Barrington, NH, too.  I always feel like I am on vacation when I am at the lake house.  What are you doing this summer?  Vacations? Camps?  Playdates?  Just relaxing?  Let me know in the comments below!  I will jump online and reply back when I can.

The view from our deck in Barrington

Make sure you check back around the middle of August.  Around that time I will post our welcome letter, ask you what your favorite part of vacation was, and give you a list of a few suggested items you may want to have for 4th grade.   Until then, enjoy your time off!

Parents: Hello! Most of my communication will be done via email and this blog.  Please bookmark this page.  Also, I’d appreciate it you’d like to click here and give me your contact information. I will send a quick email every time I post on the blog or with specific announcements.  On this form, you can also tell me a bit about your fourth grader, if you’d like.  Filling this out now means less to fill out in September 😉  Feel free to also post comments or ask general questions on the blog too; I will check in periodically to make sure I am responding in a reasonable amount of time. Please be patient because during the summer, it won’t be every day.  I look forward to hearing from all of you!

 

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