You may have noticed a letter in your student's orange folder on Friday or today. The letter is a note to inform you about Reflex math, one of our new math fact fluency programs we will use throughout the year.
As the letter mentions, Reflex math helps students practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division math facts through games and incentives, such as "buying" things (t-shirts, haircuts, etc) for their Reflex math avatar (NOT actually buying anything (: ). We will use Reflex Math 2 times per week in class. Each session lasts between 10-30 minutes depending on a student's proficiency of the math facts. In addition to the 2 sessions at school, I ask that students do one more at home. I anticipate students may even want to do more, however, one is all I ask!
We also started ST (Spatial-Temporal) Math this week. We will do ST Math as a whole class twice a week for 30 minutes (or three times per week for 20 minutes). ST Math states in order to get through the curriculum, students should complete 90 minutes per week, so I ask that students do one more 30-minute session at home.
Just a quick run down for new families or those who would like a refresher, ST Math is a "game-based learning system that features Jiji the penguin." Math language and symbols are removed and get introduced in a sequential order as students master the math concept. Though it is an individual activity, it is important to support students as they move through the problem solving process.
You can download the ST Math and Refelx apps onto mobile devices or access it online. For any other information about this, please email me. If you have any other questions, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also, check out the rabbit on Reflex Math. He's my favorite.
One of the second grade teachers at QAE. Read this blog and stay up-to-date on classroom activities.
|Ms. Thibault's 2nd Grade||