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Monday, October 24, 2011

Tenths, Hundredths and Report Cards

I completed the first semester report cards last night, for both children. I use the report cards to reflect and learn how they are progressing. So what did I learn. For one thing DJ does not understand the decimals, specifically decimals to the right of the decimal point. I just think it hasn't been covered enough yet. I also discovered that DJ rushes through his math and makes silly mistakes on material he knows. I always made him do math first thing each day. I slacked with that this year, and so far it is showing in his grades. By the end of the day, when he wants to do math last, he is making silly mistakes. So back to Math at the beginning of the day. He also knows how to check his answers and despite my prodding him to do so, he refuses to take the time to do it. He could easily find the simple mistake and correct it. I am putting this one on him. He needs to check his work if he wants his math grade to improve. DJ's overall average grade, for all subjects is 86 with Reading and Language Arts being the best two grades at 87 and 93. Caitlin did very well on her report card, and is reading at a much higher level than I anticipated. I am very happy about that. She doesn't like math, but is doing fine. Her biggest needs are following directions and completing work when it is assigned. She spends much of her Fridays completing work she didn't finish during the week. Not because she doesn't know how to do it, but because she doesn't want to do it.

Lesson Plans For 10/24/11:

DJ:
Writing: Create a short Halloween story using nouns, adjectives and verbs, blog post
Math: Decimal video
Reading: A Christmas Carol two chapters
Morning walk
4H photo shoot: Hard light and fun with leaves

Caitlin:
Head of the Class: Two cycles
Room Cleaning
Photo shoot

4 comments:

MissMOE said...

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New Braunfels Animal Control said...

Good to hear that, i think shes trying her best to get better grades.

Anne said...

My younger daughter has the same problem with math. If you come up with a solution to encourage kids to check over their work, let me know.

Melissa said...

Miss Moe, thank you very much. I probably won't get to it until Thurs or Fri with everything going on this week.

New Branufels thank you.

Ms Anne I am hoping by putting the responsibility on him for wanting a higher grade, that he will want to work harder to attain the grade. We will see if it works.

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