To all my wonderful friends.
I am so sorry that I have not added more to my blog in the last couple of days.
On Wednesday I went back to school. Love that place and this year is going to be even more rewarding and extiting than last year.
I have my old class back with a couple of extra bodies. I know and appreciate the little foible of everyone of my children from last year and we get along famously.
Unfortunately I fell over at school. We had had some people visit the school in the holidays and they decided that our place just didn’t look quite the way they wanted it to- so they added a bit more colour. They call it art, we call it graffiti.
So the graffiti cleaners came in. When they had finished trying to clean off the graffiti there was a large wet patch of cement outside the office door. That was were I slipped. I tried to stop myself by putting my arm out on the railing close by, but that only stopped my from landing on my bottom , instead I lost balance and landed heavily on my left knee.Thank goodness it was a day where only staff were present. No one there to see me fall flat on my face. What a site it must have been.
But anyway , I hurt myself more than I had imagined. I have done quite a lot of damage to my lower back, shoulders and neck. It is only as the days go by that I can feel everyone of the things that I hurt.
I thought that I was lucky as I hadn’t broken the disc that was in my hand. I thought I had only got away with a sore knee. No not me. If I am going to do something I do it well.
Therefore with the headaches as well it has been hard to get onto the computer and write. But I had to do it today because I was getting withdrawals from not being able to write on my blog. so if it seems haphazard please forgive.
What a brilliant maths resource for any classroom or home. It is free for both school and home access.
There is a letter to the parents that can be sent home explaining what Smart Kiddies is all about. Their aim is to ‘develop skills and motivate learning through reward and enjoyment. The program benefits students by helping to master the skills they have been taught in the classroom, using an engaging program that is developed by experienced teachers.’ Excerpt from Smart Kiddies Letter to Parents
Here is a link to their brochure. http://flash.smartkiddies.com/flash/site/pdfs/smartkiddiesBrochure_au.pdf
When you have set up your class, the only name that is displayed is their first name. The children then have the option of making an avatar for themselves. You can then print out the students username and password so they can access the site form the classroom or home.
You can choose either complete course activities, interactive assessments, printable assessments, printer/online exams, videos. Whiteboard activities, posters, dictionary, awards, battles, number drill worksheets, standardised tests, and Naplan examples.
There is a lesson index, where you can choose activities from either strand, type, or grade.
A sample of some of the activities found there.
Doubles to 20
Add 3 numbers Assessment
Space 3D Worksheet Addition
Halves Interactive Maths game
Comparing Mass- Informal Units
This site is truly a great extension for any maths course. My kids love it!
Have a look you will not be disappointed.