Monday, February 23, 2015

Why is My Child Having Difficulty Counting?

Great information on why children have trouble with counting! Article by Sheldon Horowitz

Ways you can support your child who has difficulty with counting:

  • playing games to practice skill(s)
  • build up to the goal by breaking it into smaller parts
  • practice, practice, practice
  • use computers and other technology
    • One app that I have found that helps students practice counting to 20 is TallyTots
  • prompting your child frequently
    • Have the see how high they can count while they brush their teeth
    • Have them count with you
    • Give them tangible (touchable) cues; pointing at teach object as they count

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Do we have enough change to purchase an item?

4th grade students worked together to determine the amount of money they had. They then used that amount to determine whether they were able to purchase particular items at given prices. Students filled in a chart to mark whether they could purchase each item. This is a typical question students must solve, not only on tests, but also in real life. Are they able to purchase the item they want at the store? Do they have enough money? One of the areas that was explained that you may have money left over! You can still buy the item.

At home application: You can give your child an amount of money to go "shopping" with, starting by looking through ads. What can they buy with the amount of money they are shopping with? Give them a task: making spaghetti for dinner, what do you need to purchase to have all the ingredients? How much money do you need to buy those ingredients? What change would you get from a 'round' dollar amount (i.e. $20)?
(Note: For many of our students, do not ask them to figure tax into the amounts. This is a higher level thinking and may confuse may children.)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

eLearning Day February 2nd

Monday, February 2nd is an eLearning for RC students. Attached is what each grade level is asked to do for Miss Carpenter's Resource Room. Please look at Day 1 only; if February 3rd is an eLearning day, then complete activities for day 2.
If you have questions, please email Miss Carpenter at and I will help anyway I can.

eLearning for February 2nd

Sunday, February 1, 2015

New Seating!

Some new seats arrived for our classroom on Friday! Students were excited to try them out upon arrival and sent Mrs. Green thank you emails for allowing us to have them in our room.

They are called Hokki stools and are used for active and healthy sitting by children and adults.