A Note From the Teacher... Mar. 9
Thank you to all the parents who helped with our Skating on Friday. The kids did awesome on the ice and they all seemed to have a wonderful time. At the age of 11, I started teaching kids to skate and I continued with this right through to university, so taking my class skating is always one of my favourite activities to do. I can't wait until May 1st!
This week in Grade One...
REPORT CARDS > Reports go home on Monday. Please read through them with your kids. I always try to comment on something positive and also suggest some things they can work on. On Tuesday, we will be talking about what our goals are for the rest of the year.
Wednesday is Early Dismissal day (1:45pm) for Parent/Teacher Conferences. If Wednesday does not work and you would like to chat with me, please let me know when a better time would be for you!
SCRAPBOOKS > The art is all sorted. If any parents are able to glue in art this week, it would be greatly appreciated!!!!
SPELLING WORDS are "um" words.
FRIDAY at 2:45 - SPRING BREAK BEGINS. This means we are just that much closer to moving in to our new school!!
A Sneak Peak Of Our New School!!
See Our Classroom > New pictures were added Feb. 24
Calendar > Updated calendars for Feb./Mar./Apr. added Jan. 26
Homework > New YouTube videos added Dec. 11
My Pets > New pictures added Dec. 10
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.
March - in class:
Home Reading > Students will begin taking books home each night to read. These stories are short and are meant to be read multiple times to help with fluency. You may feel that the books are too easy, but it is important that children do not struggle with these books at home. We want them to be fairly independent, which helps with their confidence. It is also important that your child be able to comprehend what they are reading - one of the easiest ways to do this, is at the end of the story, to close the book and get them to tell you in their own words what happened in the story and ask them questions that ask about how people are 'feeling' and even 'why' they might have done something etc...
Word Wall Words > Please continue practicing the word wall words with your children each week and review the old ones. Children should be able to read these words without sounding them out. If they are confident reading them, begin working on how to spell them and writing them in sentences.
Word Families > We are continuing to learn a new word family each week. Word families are very important for teaching kids to read and find patterns in words (ie. if you can read 'cat', then you can also read 'rat'.) These word family words will now become a weekly Spelling test for the kids. We will brainstorm 10 words on Monday and on Friday the kids will be tested on the words. The first five words on the list will be easier words and the next five will be somewhat challenging.
I do not put a lot of emphasis on Spelling Tests at the Grade One level. I do them only for a few reasons: 1. It helps to start teaching kids good study habits at home and gets them into a routine of doing homework.
2. Children are proud of themselves when they do well.
From a teacher's perspective, I value these two things highly and that is why we do the tests. I put little stress on the kids and ask that you make it as stress-free as possible. I don't want kids to stress just because the word 'test' is being used. This is a word they are going to hear throughout their school careers and I don't want it to stress them out now. Celebrate with your kids how well they did, not necessarily only when they get a perfect score. Some kids may never get perfect, but they are still doing their best and that needs to be acknowledged.
Journal Writing > Focus for February is to continue to work on sounding out words and on adding details to their writing. There will now be a focus on making sure the kids are using the words from the Word Wall more consistently in their writing. We will also start looking at using capitals and periods more consistently. We will begin some more story writing this month.
Visualization and giving opinions (I liked the story because... I did not like the story because...)
Predicting what may happen in a story.
Retelling stories by telling the Beginning/Middle/End of stories.
Numeracy > Addition and Subtraction / Geometry
Counting > Please continue to practice counting at home (orally and printing the numbers) Start from any random points and see if your child can count on or even count backwards. Ask them what comes before or after a certain number. If they are quick at that, ask them what comes two before or two after.
> counting by 2s to 20 or further.
Themes: Forces of Motion / Community / Spring
Never mind March, we know
You're not really mad
Or angry or bad.
You're only blowing the winter away
To get the world ready
For April and May.
Happy Birthday to our...
Mar. 1 > Sofia
Mar. 14 > Natalya
Mar. 10 > Report Cards
Mar. 12 > Hat Day / Early Dismissal at 1:45pm
Mar. 14 > Last day before Spring Break
Apr. 18 > Good Friday (No School)
Apr. 21 > Easter Monday (No School)
Apr. 22 > WELCOME TO KATZIE
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:
Thanks for all your support from home!
Feel free to email me or stop in if you have any questions or concerns.
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.