A Note From the Teacher... Dec. 11
Thank you to those parents that have sent in the report cards already. Please remember to send back to school the report folder and brown envelope. You can keep the insert.
And THANK YOU for talking with your kids about their reports. Most kids, when I have asked them, have thought of some things that they can work on for next term.
FUN FRIDAY - THIS FRIDAY - DECORATING GINGERBREAD HOUSES!!! Please join us for some fun.
Next Wednesday is the Christmas Concert. The shows are at 9:30am, 1:30pm and 6:30pm. For all parents that have asked for an evening ticket, I put it in the front pocket of your child's planner. We will know on Monday if there are extra tickets. Thank you for being so understanding about our limited seating.
Below are a few videos... next week we are talking about the 'ing' family.
Also - Pete the Cat Saves Christmas and the link to NORAD's Santa Claus search. Awesome site that tracks Santa on Christmas Eve. I also added several new YouTube videos under the Homework Link above.
Kid Talk > Silly Sentences added for the Special Helper daily.
Homework > New YouTube videos added Dec. 11
See Our Classroom > New pictures were added Dec. 10
My Pets > New pictures added Dec. 10
For Parents (Newsletters) > Grade One Memo added Oct. 31
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.
December - in class:
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'.)
Please continue to read each night with your children!!!!
Journal Writing > Focus for December / January is to continue to work on sounding out words and to 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.
Visualization and giving opinions (I liked the story because... I did not like the story because...)
Retelling stories by telling the Beginning/Middle/End of stories.
Numeracy > We are going to start looking at dot patterns and working with ten frames. The ten frame is the basis for a lot of math that we do.
Teen numbers > writing them, recognizing them, understanding a teen number in relation to ten frames (ie. 13 is 10 and 3, 15 is 10 and 5).
A Fun Science Lesson...
From the website (link below) - littleBits consists of tiny circuit-boards with specific functions engineered to snap together with magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun. Each bit has a specific function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, pulse, motors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits. Just as LEGO™ allows you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive, blocks that make creating with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together.
Happy Birthday to our...
Dec. 1 > Kelan
Dec. 22 > Myles
Dec. 13 > Decorate Gingerbread Houses (FUN FRIDAY)
Dec. 18 > Christmas concert (Morning, Afternoon, Evening)
Dec. 20 > Last day of school before holidays!
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.