A Note From the Teacher...
This week: Nov. 23 - Nov. 27
Wednesday > Pick-up from the Music portable at 2:30
Thursday > Library - don't forget your books
Friday > Scholastic order due.
Home Reading > Please make sure your children are bringing their books back to school to exchange for a new one.
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.
University Student Volunteer > Each Monday, we have a university student joining our class to help out with the students. She will be starting her teacher training soon and is wanting some more experience in the primary classrooms. Her name is Miss Wright.
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.
November - 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.
*Visualization > learning to create mental images while reading. We will practice this by reading poems / stories and drawing what we imagine.
*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!
Numeracy > teen numbers, understanding number concepts
Themes: Nocturnal Animals / Responsiblilties (at home / school / and in the community)
Several years ago, I traveled with my family and a family friend to Flanders Field and to Dieppe. I knew that I would be touched seeing all the memorials, but never did I imagine what an impact visiting these places would have on me. My pride as a Canadian grew ten fold and my understanding for the devastation became real. Before, it was always something that I just read about in books or heard stories about, but that summer, I walked among the tombstones, read the names of the men and women who died fighting for our country and for the freedom of these other countries in Europe. I saw how old they were, what country they were from and I saw Canadian flags everywhere. I watched as my friend lay a picture at her Grandfather's tomb in Dieppe. Remembrance Day will never be the same for me. I will remember and I will teach my students to remember!! "Lest we forget"!
Here is a video I made of my journey.
Happy Birthday to our...
No birthdays this month.
Dec. 4 > Sewing stockings.
Dec. 7 > Report Cards go home.
Dec. 9 > Early Dismissal for conferences
Dec. 10 > Christmas Concert
Dec. 15 > Skating (9 - 10am)
Dec. ? > Gingerbread Houses (day tba)
Dec. 18 > Holidays begin
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 > Updated daily with Special Helper stories.
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.
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.