A Note From the Teacher...
Monday > Look for the Pumpkin Patch notice in their "Reading Bags".
Tuesday > Individual Picture Day
Wednesday > Pick up kids from Music portable at 2:30
Thursday > Library (remember your book)
Friday > October Scholastic due.
Message Board > I have a white board in the class window that I'm trying to keep updated with any important reminders for you. Please check it out as you are waiting for your kids at 2:30pm.
The October Scholastic will be sent home on Monday. I am now set up online, if you'd like to make an online order. If you do the online order, please still return the order form to me so that I know what books you've ordered, as they are still all sent to me in one box.
Parents Love to Read Too!!
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!!
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.
October - in class:
Home Reading >
Word Wall Words > Each week your child will bring home 5 new words. If your child is already able to read them, please make sure they can read them in random order, that they can read them quickly and without trying to sound them out. If they are able to do all these things, then please work on spelling the words, as these are words that your children should be using in their writing.
Word Families > Each week your child will learn about a new word family in class and we will brainstorm as many different words in that family as we can. They will write 5 of those words in their Weekly Word books to share with you.
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 'cat', they should recognize the 'at' sound and then be able to make other words (rhyming) with that sound.
Journal Writing > Focus will be on sounding out words independently and learning to add details to their writing.
*Predicting what may happen in a story.
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!
Patterns and Sorting will be the focus for Term One.
We will also review printing the numbers to make sure the kids are forming them correctly. As well, we will practice reading the number words.
Themes: Fall / Thanksgiving / Pumpkins / Hallowe'en
Thanks for all your support from home!
Feel free to email me or stop in if you have any questions or concerns.
Email link is on the top of this page.
A little about me...
Welcome to a brand new year. Grade One is such an exciting year... one where you will see enormous growth with your children. I feel so fortunate to be a part of your child's life and to be able to share in this amazing journey with you.
I am starting my 18th year of teaching and have been lucky enough to enjoy most of those years in a grade 1 classroom. I have taught grade 2 a few times and have always missed the grade 1 students.
Teaching is such a huge part of who I am. It is my heart, and I promise you, that I will put everything I can into making sure this is a successful year for your child.
I believe strongly in the home/school connection and hope that if you ever have any questions or concerns that you don't hesitate to ask or come talk to me.
Besides teaching, you will quickly notice, when you come into the classroom, that I love animals. I always say that if I won the lottery, I'd buy a farm in a heartbeat. Photography is another thing that I love to do and throughout the year, I will take many pictures of the kids to share with you. Probably, my next favourite thing is traveling. I have been fortunate in my life, so far, to travel to so many amazing countries. Paris and Rome were probably my favourites, although going to Russia and Egypt were surreal. I also traveled to Flanders and Dieppe, which were perhaps the most emotional of all the places I've been to. Iceland is next on my list... it is my history and I can't wait to explore where my family came from
Below are a few pictures of my favourite things.
It's always nice to know a little bit about the teacher that will be spending so much time with your child!
Happy Birthday to our...
Oct. 2 > Indie & Sophia
Oct. 16 > Dexter
Oct. 27 > Jack
Oct. 6 > Picture Day
Oct. 12 > Thanksgiving (No School)
Oct. 14 > Treat Day (yogurt)
Oct. 21 > Port Kells Pumpkin Patch at 9am
Oct. 23 > Pro-D Day
Oct. 30 > Hallowe'en Celebration at school
8:27 First Bell
8:32 Morning instruction begins
10:15 Recess begins
10:30 Recess ends
11:45 Lunch > students inside to eat
12:00 Lunch > students play outside
12:30 Afternoon instruction begins
Kid Talk >
See Our Classroom >
My Pets >
Mrs. Powell, our librarian has a blog that lets you know what's been going on in the Library, as well as around the school. PLEASE CHECK IT OUT!!!
A great reading website:
(email me for username and password)
Miss Sveinson's Classroom Facebook Page
I know that many parents are on Facebook and find it such an easy way to stay in touch and communicate with each other. I have created a classroom page for parents that will hopefully allow for a simple and effective means of communication and a way of sharing ideas with you.