A friendly reminder that we are going to Big Splash Water Park tomorrow in Tsawwassen. We will be leaving VTT at 9:15 and returning for 3:00. Please remember to bring: swimsuit, change of clothing, towel, sunscreen, packed lunch and plenty of water.
In 4A we have begun coding by participating in the Hour of Code by code.org. Students loved the first activity and will continue to strengthen their coding skills over the next few weeks.
10 Reasons Kids Should Learn to Code
When it comes to preparing your children for the future, there are few better ways to do so than to help them learn to code! Coding helps kids develop academic skills, build qualities like perseverance and organization, and gain valuable 21st century skills that can even translate into a career. Here are the top 10 reasons kids should learn to code:
Coding Improves Academic Performance
Math: Coding helps kids visualize abstract concepts, lets them apply math to real-world situations, and makes math fun and creative!
Writing: Kids who code understand the value of concision and planning, which results in better writing skills. Many kids even use Tynker as a medium for storytelling!
Creativity: Kids learn through experimentation and strengthen their brains when they code, allowing them to embrace their creativity.
Confidence: Parents enthusiastically report that they’ve noticed their kids’ confidence building as they learn to problem-solve through coding!
Coding Builds Soft Skills
Focus and Organization: As they write more complicated code, kids naturally develop better focus and organization.
Resilience: With coding comes debugging – and there’s no better way to build perseverance and resilience than working through challenges!
Communication: Coding teaches logical communication, strengthening both verbal and written skills. Think about it: learning code means learning a new language!
Coding Paves a Path to the Future
Empowerment: Kids are empowered to make a difference when they code – we’ve seen Tynkerers use the platform to spread messages of tolerance and kindness!
Life Skills: Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it’s important for kids to understand – and be able to innovate with – the technology around them.
Career Preparation: There’s a high demand for workers in the tech industry; mastering coding at a young age allows kids to excel in any field they choose!
We have been working steadily through our long division unit and the students are making great progress! We will be having a short quiz on Friday, June 14th to wrap up the unit. (Please note that we are only working with 1 digit divisors).
As many of you know, students at VTT have used IXL.com this year to practice math and language arts skills. Each child has an account with saved progress. The school's membership will continue throughout the summer and into next year. All student practice data will be carried over to the new school year and save in their accounts. IXL is a great way for students to stay sharp over the summer!
This term we are doing lit circles! Our theme is animals and all of the books feature animals as important characters. Some of the titles are: The One and Only Ivan, Crenshaw, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Tale of Despereaux, Guinea Dog, and Kavik the Wolf Dog.Yesterday students selected their books and started their weekly reading. Each week students will be required to do the following:
- read the selected chapters/pages
- short summary
- reading response
- "fat" questions
Students will be given class time to read and work on their weekly responses, but some of the work may be completed at home.