A Note From the Teacher... June 21
Tuesday > Fun at the Park: we will be heading to the city park around 1pm for some Grade 1 fun.
Wednesday > Year End Assembly at 11am
Thursday > Our final day. 12:30pm dismissal. Report Cards go home.
The kids will be bringing home the rest of their school supplies in the next couple of days.
Summer Ideas: Stay tuned for some fun ideas for summer time school work! :-)
SPELLING WORDS THIS WEEK: No More Spelling this year!!
(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!)
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.
June - in class:
Home Reading > I will begin collecting Home Reading books in at the end of the second week of June.
Word Wall Words > Continue to practice the weekly words and make sure you go back and review previous words. I will be adding a few Canadian words to the list this month.
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.
We will continue to focus on addition and subtraction and learning different strategies for solving equations.
We will also start learning about Measurement and Place Value.
Themes: Spring / Canada
My Monday Gratitude
Happy Birthday to our...
June 6 > Rowan
June 25 > Last day of classes (12:30 dismissal)
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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