Thursday, March 29, 2018

Math Workshop

On Tuesday, March 26, 2018 we held a parent math workshop to discuss the different ways EVCS teaches math!

We believe strongly in process and deep understanding.  The standards we follow when teaching math are:

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  4. Model with mathematics
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically
  6. Attend to precision
  7. Look for and make use of structure
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

Here are the power points and hand out used for the workshop:

Click HERE for the Powerpoint used in the auditorium

Click HERE for the hand outs given at the workshop
These hand outs explain the models we use at EVCS to have students show their mathematical thinking and explore their sense of numbers.  Many of these models are visual representations of more standard algorithms and ways of solving problems.

Click HERE for the key fluencies we hope all students to have for each grade level.

As always, please reach out to your child's teacher for help with homework, ways to support your child, and ways to better understand what they're learning.  And check out Seesaw for tips and ways to help your child too!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Early Childhood Literacy

Kindergarten teacher, Clara, and Pre-K teacher, Evelyn, led an interactive workshop on supporting our youngest students as readers and writers.

During this 90 minute workshops, parents were invited to:

  1. Look at writing samples from Pre-K through 1st grade
  2. Look at samples of "just right" reading books for kindertarten
  3. Talk to Evelyn (PreK) and Clara (K) about literacy development and how to support young children's literacy development at home
  4. Listen to the book The Snowy Day read aloud and see how teachers interact with kids as they read
  5. Participate in interactive literacy centers based on the books
    1. Winter Cafe - write a menu for Peter and his friends. Make things for the cafe, then label them with names and prices
    2. Write in the snow - use salt trays for writing words, letters, and names
    3. Story extension - write your own snowy story
    4. Rhyming bingo - find words on your bingo card that rhyme with each word
    5. Reading center - enjoy books from classrooms, including other books by Ezra Jack Keats
Handouts and materials will be posted soon!

Movement in an Apartment

Our PE teacher Eric led an interactive workshop on things you can do with your children inside your NYC apartment that will improve their coordination, balance, strength, and agility - all without costing a lot or damaging your home!  

Eric shows parents that a pool noodle can be a balance beam or a racket.
Use this versatile, soft, and cheap material at home!

And here are Eric's Handouts from the workshop:

Check them out for lots of great activities and expectations for what your child should - and even shouldn't - be doing!

Posture - for Success

A workshop with Becca, our school's Occupational Therapist on ways to support your child's posture in order to support your child's success in school.

Click HERE for hand outs from the workshop

Transitions - a Workshop with Counselor Megan

A Pre-K and Kindergarten parent workshop
Thursday, October 26
from 8:00am - 8:45am in Room 413.  

All Pre-K and K parents are invited to attend

Children can be dropped off in the lobby or cafeteria for breakfast at 8:00am and then will be brought to their classrooms by staff members.

Learn with Megan, our school counselor, how to support your child with:

  • school-based transitions
  • transitions at home (from the small daily transitions to larger moves and changes)
  • Managing  his/her feelings during changes and transitions