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Happy Summer!
Wow, it's the end of the school year. How did that happen so fast?! It is also the end of my teaching career in its current format. As many of you know, I am retiring. I have had the privilege of working with many, many students over 37 years of teaching. I can honestly say I have loved every single day. Many wise people have said that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. And that describes my teaching career. Thank you to all of you that shared your student with me. Thank you to all the positive teachers I have worked with over the years that truly put their students first. Mostly, thank you to the students who have brought joy to my life! Many of you have my e-mail address. Please stay in touch! I am planning a move to South Carolina to be closer to my 3 children who are all on the east coast, and my 2 grandchildren who are in South Carolina. I am hoping to continue to work in education either by subbing or tutoring or volunteering in the schools. I also plan on spending a lot of time on the beach walking and reading. Sunrises and sunsets are beautiful by the mountains, and just as gorgeous on the beach!!

For your vacations this summer, it is the perfect time to practice Math!! If you are driving somewhere, have your child help you calculate how long it will take you to arrive there. How much gas will you need? How many snacks if each person in the car needs 2 snacks per day? How much money should be budgeted for food? If you need to arrive at a particular time, and it takes 5 hours and 15 minutes to get there, and you will take two 20 minute breaks, at what time should you leave? Feel free to substitute your own numbers:) If you are planning a trip that includes a budget for souvenirs, have your child keep track of what he/she is spending and his/her balance at the end of each day. While at home, have your students practice a math problem a day. They can also help with grocery budgets, time for pool visits, library visits, walks around the neighborhood. Summer fruits are delicious when made into pies or ice cream! You know how much I love to use cooking to teach math!!! The most important thing is to practice counting, estimating, calculations but even more important is to talk Math and enjoy time together!!

As always, if you have questions or concerns about math or helping your child with math homework, please let me know! Also check out the links for games and activities for you and your child(ren) to play. Khan Academy is an awesome resource for help with homework and videos to help all of us understand math! Many students have been enjoying playing Give a Dog A Bone which is a fun game to practice numbers on a 100 chart. There are other links to Math Games on the main Colinas page as well as on this page. Click on the link and enjoy!!

Thank you! I'll miss you!

Happy Math!
 
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Welcome to Title One Literacy
Welcome to Title One Reading!
 
Title One is a wonderful program put into place to help provide support to schools in the areas of reading and math. Title one teachers work along side the regular classroom teachers to provide extra reading and math instruction to those students who might need it. In the Title One reading program students are given extra reading instruction in a small group setting. The instruction is targeted to fit the students need. This is done in addition to the instruction the student receives in his or her classroom. It is always very rewarding to watch students reach their goals and become better readers! I am very excited about this school year and am looking forward to working with great readers! 
If you have any questions about the program please don’t hesitate to contact me.
 
Amber Byrd
Title One Reading Teacher
896-3378
Ext: 153