Originally Posted by beanma
So, it seems like the work is starting to get a little more challenging for dd2, which is good. She's asked for help a couple of times recently with her homework although she understood right away when I explained it. I think the Envisions math curriculum starts with the basics and works on getting those 1-20 math facts down pretty solidly, so that's why they spent one day covering adding 0. Now they're working on equivalencies like 9+7=10+6. It's a different related concept every day and they move along pretty quickly so I think it's going to be okay.
I don't know what our specific math curriculum is, but this week ds came home with an incentive program that started with adding 0+#, #+0, 1+#, #+1, then at the end of the week they do a timed quiz where "mastery" is getting 20 of 24 right in 1min--when I was in school we didn't do this type of thing until 6th grade (for multiplication). I'm not worried about his ability to a "0" and "1" to other numbers but I appreciate that they are trying to get these to be second nature...I haven't seen ds get out his "math buttons" yet (that he has been using since K). I was not a good student in elementary, particularly in math and I could have benefited from this kind of repetition (though I realize this isn't the case for your dd). By the time the material gets more challenging ds will already be in the habit of reviewing this way and hopefully won't be slowed down by having to do simple things slowly.
Ds' school is a STEM school that more or less keeps students on the same track until 3rd grade (for the gifted program) and 4th grade where they start differentiating for math and science; though there are competitions within and outside the school and specialty clubs (math, robotic, art, etc.) that are open to anyone, and things like the language arts fair and science fair where children can branch out a bit.
Originally Posted by beanma
She's also found a couple of other chapter books to read besides Junie B, so I think things are going to be on a pretty good level for her and she will be challenged a bit.
I miss the interaction I had at her previous school (small private hippie school), but on the other hand I have to admit I do appreciate that level of interaction not being required. I didn't volunteer to be the room parent .
I may have mentioned this above, but I have ds read chapter books that challenge him a little bit for homework reading and he can read whatever he likes otherwise, though his teacher probably emphasizes AR books at school during DEAR time (Captain Underpants books are AR so no worries for ds ).
I've been going back and forth on the room parent thing--I plan on volunteering for most of the "one day" events, such as "Grandparents' Day," the fall festival, and field trips, but I don't think I want to be in the classroom a lot...for ds I think it might be disruptive (he has behavior issues and disruptions like me could throw him off), and dd would likely keep coming over and giving me hugs and kisses (nice but disruptive to the class)...also, the school is 15min away, not down the street like the regular public school. Though, the "room parent" request talked about help with planning various things--if they need someone to make phone calls to arrange field trips and such I could probably do that.