Its great to see everyone back in school, looking so well, and rested, and ready to go! We've all begun the year by studying the 5 Themes of Geography ...MR H/ELP... Going forward, Fifth Grade will focus on the Western Hemisphere, with primary emphasis on the broad sweep of American history. Sixth Grade will spend the year in the Eastern Hemisphere, learning about the origins of civilization, exploring the ancient world through to the modern. Seventh and Eighth Grades are rooted in American history: over the course of the 2 final years of elementary school, we delve more deeply into the events that have shaped our country, from its original peoples through to the present day. So --- Let's Go!
Recently, I subscribed to 2 newsletters, both easily googled, that parents may find both interesting and useful. The first is Mike Allen's news round-up from Politico: handy, capsulized versions of the day's news stories; and Annie Murphy Paul's Brilliant Report, which focuses on current brain research, including 'best learning practices.'
And finally, to inaugurate this academic year's weekly "Current News" links, 2 compelling articles from the NY Times about education: