A Note From the Teacher... May 19
Monday > Victoria Day. ENJOY!!
Tuesday/Thursday > Mrs. Eagle joins us for Lesson #3 in PE.
Wednesday > Library
Friday > Jump Rope for Heart / Spelling Quiz *******************************************************
Science World - a newsletter for our field trip went home on Friday. Please return it as soon as possible. I attached a copy below just in case you need another. As well, please note that we have already had 10 parents (as of today [Tuesday]) volunteer to join us on our field trip. I am only able to ask five parents to join us, as that is how many we can pay for, but more parents are welcome to join us at Science World. You will, however, have to pay for yourself. I wish we could pay for more, but it is just not a possibility. Due to the fact that we've had so many parents volunteer (which I love - thank you), I will have to draw names to see which parents will join us as group leaders. I will let you know asap!
**A few notes about our field trip - please remember that this is a school field trip and that your children are going to Science World as a part of our Katzie community. I ask that the kids stay with their group of friends and parent leader for the duration of the field trip. If you are a parent that is joining us on your own, you are welcome to join the group, but please do not pull your child out of the group. Also, students will be asked to bring a lunch and will not be eating out of the cafeteria. Thank you!!
Tie-Dye T-shirts - please send in a white t-shirt as soon as possible for your child to tie-dye for our Science World field trip. The notice that was sent home about the t-shirts is attached below.
Gratitude Journal: As the end of the year continues to get closer, we are getting busier and busier at school. You may have noticed that we have not written in our Gratitude Journals as often as we were. Hopefully this week will be better, but please remember that this is also an activity that can be done at home too. The kids can print three things that they were grateful for in their day - it's great for conversations at home. I posted a link below to a page on how Gratitudes can help children with anxiety.
Below is the link to the May newsletter.
SPELLING WORDS THIS WEEK: 'ee' words
(These word family words are brainstormed by the class and chosen for the 'quiz' by the kids.)
(Please remember to focus on effort and not how many rights or wrongs!)
1. see, 2. tee, 3. peel, 4. heel, 5. teen
6. wheel, 7. sneeze, 8. queen, 9. knee, 10. bumblebee
*Bonus > eel, tree, teenager
Word Wall Words
Every day after school I hear a parent ask their child, "How was your day?" The child responds, "Fine". The parent then asks, "What did you do?" and the child responds with, "I don't know" or "Nothing".
I assure you, we are not "doing nothing" in school!!!!
Here is a look at some of the things we are working on.
If you have any questions about these things, please don't hesitate to ask and please remember that you are more than welcome, at any time after school, to pop in and let your child show you some of their work.
May - in class:
Home Reading > Please read with your child every night. Please make sure kids are bringing back their books to change for new ones.
Word Wall Words > Continue to practice the weekly words and make sure you go back and review previous words.
Word Families > We will be starting long vowel sounds soon with our weekly spelling words. Remember to point out word families to your children as you read - this will help them sound out words. (ie. If you are reading and come to the word shrub, they should recognize the 'ub' sound from our weekly spelling and then be able to blend the other sounds together to say the word.
Spelling Quiz > The words will be written in your child's Planner on Monday. Please continue to put emphasis on effort and not how many your child gets right or wrong.
Journal Writing > Focus will continue to be on adding details to their writing, spelling word wall words correctly and beginning to use proper punctuation.
*Predicting what may happen in a story.
*Retelling > Children will begin to focus on telling the Beginning / Middle / End of stories, with details.
These are activities you can practice at home when you read. Read part of a story and predict what might happen. Before you start reading, look at the cover and the title and predict what might happen. Do a picture walk through the story and tell the story that way before you look at the words. Have the kids retell the story when you are done, giving as many details as possible, in the correct sequence.
Decoding Word Strategies: Is your child stuck on a word? Don't just tell them the word, help your child use strategies to figure it out!
*Sound it out - works for many simple words (c-a-t)
*Look for spelling patterns you know (c -at, sh-ell - word families)
*Find little words in big words (st-and)
*Chunk it - break it up into parts (re-mem-ber)
*Use the pictures to help, then check the letters to make sure it makes sense
*Make a guess - what would work in the context? Then check the letters to make sure it works.
*Skip the word, read on, then go back and try to figure it out using the above strategies.
If your child still can't figure out the word, go ahead and tell them, but only after your child has tried to figure it out on their own! Struggling a little helps them learn!
Number Sense continued throughout the entire year.
Continue to practice counting orally by by 2s to 20, although, I do encourage them to go farther if they understand the concept. If your child is able to orally say the numbers with ease, have them practice writing them.
We will continue to focus on addition and subtraction and learning different strategies for solving equations.
Themes: Spring / Butterflies / Plants / Canada
My Monday Gratitude
Happy Birthday to our...
May 4 > Izaak
May 5 > Reyana
May 27 > Rhiley
May 22 > Jump Rope for Heart
May 25 > Pro-D Day
June 5 > Science World
June 19 > Sports Day
Parents Love to Read Too!!
**NEW BOOKS ADDED!!
If you're anything like me, you have a ton of books, sitting around, looking "pretty" on your bookshelf at home.
So, I thought I'd try a Book Swap for parents. Feel free to borrow or swap any of the books in the basket and enjoy them at home.
The kids will think that it's great that you are also getting books from our classroom to read. Call it Home Reading for Moms and Dads too!!
8:33 First Bell
8:38 Morning instruction begins
10:15 Recess begins
10:30 Recess ends
11:45 Lunch > students play outside
12:10 Lunch > students inside to eat
12:30 Afternoon instruction begins
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