Sunday, September 26, 2010

Practicing Keyboarding Skills and Learning Latitude/Longitude

Using our access to the computer lab this week, we began practicing our keyboarding skills. I am proud of the way students complied. Keyboarding is not the most interesting topic, but it is so valuable. Your children have been great troupers and have uncomplainingly participated. We have access to the lab next week and so will continue our practice. However, we will spend half of the time exploring Google Earth. This is the only lab in Hazelbrook where Google Earth works, so we will use it next week to visit places we'll be studying during the school year.
I have been posting grades to eSIS. Make sure you are checking your students’ grades. If you still have not gotten you username and password, then check with your child. They can login using their username/password. Their username is the number 17 followed by their first initial and last name. Their password is their student id number. Also, make sure you allow “pop-ups” in your browser window because grades show up in eSIS as a pop-up.
Finally, I will send off the first book order tomorrow. I intended to send it off this weekend, but found I need to confer with one student about his order before this order is sent. It takes about two weeks to come in. I really think Scholastic gives great deals on books. If you can, take advantage of ordering sometime this year.  The holiday is a great way to show how important reading is to you and your child.
Meanwhile, if you can, practice a few basic latitude/longitude concepts with your student. They really do have a good grasp of the use of these universal imaginary lines!

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