Welcome to Webster Hill Elementary School
Week 6: Go on an adventure. Visit a playground you’ve never been to before, go to a museum or art gallery, go to Westmoor Park for a walk, take a hike. Check in with your library. Many libraries offer free passes to area attractions and museums. We have a blast at the Beardsley Zoo every year and thanks to the library, it’s free! Speaking of adventures, come join other Webster Hill Families on our playground on August 14 and/or 21 between four and five. This is an informal opportunity to come play and meet or reconnect with others as the school year approaches. I hope to see you there.
Websites of the week: National Geographic Kids- There are high-quality photography and videos where kids can encounter animals and explore natural environments; links to encyclopedic references, resources, and craft ideas.
Simple Tips for Summer Math Learning from PBS Parents: These easy-to-implement ideas are perfect for summer learning including: Turn chores into math learning opportunities, or find math lessons in your child’s collection (sea shells, baseball cards, etc.) PBS Parents’ reading tips guide is also extremely useful. http://www.pbs.org/parents/
Board Game of the Week: Apples to Apples- This game is perfect to focus on skills such as word relationships, describing, comparing/contrasting, and vocabulary. There is both a junior and adult version available.
Week 5: Take a walk and be a nature detective (you may want to wait for a cooler day). When you get back home, write a poem, fictitious story, comic, letter, or journal entry about what you noticed. Remember to focus on what you see, hear, smell, touch (and if appropriate, taste).
The power of the “Think Aloud”! Invite your child to hang out with you while you are cooking, shopping, completing chores, or doing a project. Think out loud as you go. Children get insight into your planning, thinking, modifying and processing. Great stuff!
Websites of the week: Nature and Science
Summer Learning Guide: Common Sense Media produced this resource with some fun activities for students of all ages. You'll find links to apps for coding, building media projects, and creating art. Also check out "Camp Virtual: Your Guide to Making Summer Learning Fun" from Common Sense. https://www.commonsensemedia.
App of the week: Mad Libs (free for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch)- This app is a great way to work on grammar and parts of speech. The old fashioned paper and pencil version works too.
Week 4: Help your child build number sense.
- count by ones
- count by ones starting with numbers other than one (3,4,5… or 10, 11, 12…)
- skip count (count by twos, threes, tens, etc.)
- skip count but start in interesting places (let’s count by fours and start with five)
- count backward (and don’t always start with ten)
- skip count backward
- estimate (how many steps will it take to get to the car, how heavy do you think this is, about how much will these three items cost)
- find numbers when you are in the car (start with 1 and see how high you can go)
- the goal is for children to see that math is everywhere
Websites of the week: Have a curious kid? You are in luck! Wonderopolis explains a new “wonder” of daily life, such as how to create harmony, why zebras have stripes, and whether the buffalo do roam. http://wonderopolis.org/
Keeping Up on Math Skills Over Break: Here's one from the National Council on Teachers of Mathematics. In addition to problems databases and paper games, there are also links to interactive online resources, like the Calculation Nation and other online games. The Funbrain Math Arcade from Pearson and Cool Math are two other great sources for entertaining math games. http://www.nctm.org/resources/
Board Game of the Week: Hedbandz- This game is great to focus on a variety of language goals! It includes such tasks as describing, asking/answering questions, and vocabulary.
Sabrina Zafina-Curriculum Specialist
125 Webster Hill Boulevard
West Hartford, CT 06107