A Note From the Teacher... Nov. 17
Wednesday > Library. Please remember your book. Kids can change their books daily (after lunch) or if you would like to go with them, the Library is also open to kids until 3pm every day after school.
Friday > Wear your pyjamas to school and bring a teddy bear (if you like). We will also have a "Magic" presentation in the afternoon.
Crafts - One of the favourite activities for kids in our class is to create things. If you have any items that kids could use for crafting and you don't mind giving up, please feel free to send to school with your child. Things like Kleenex boxes, small pieces of cardboard, small boxes, toiler paper / paper towel rolls etc... Please don't send anything big though, as there is not a lot of space to store things in the class. Thank you in advance.
We are learning about Owls. Today, one of the kids brought in a real owl feather. If your child has anything at home they would like to share about Owls - I encourage them to bring it to school to share.
•NEWSLETTERS• A skating newsletter went home today. If you didn't get a copy, I also posted a copy here under the Newsletter link.
Word Wall Words
Kid Talk > Special Helper stories updated daily.
See Our Classroom > Pictures added Nov. 4
Newsletters > November memo added.
Calendar > November and December calendar added.
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 > Please read with your child every night. Ask them questions about the story to see if they are comprehending what they read.
Word Wall Words > Every week the kids will bring home five new words. These are sight words that should be read quickly and without having to sound them out. Practice, practice!! If your child is already able to read them with ease, please practice spelling the words with them.
Word Families > Each week, we will focus on a new word family. (ie. at, cat, sat, rat, fat). Learning word families is extremely important to help kids with learning to read, learning about word patterns and spelling patterns.
Journal Writing > Focus will be on sounding out words independently and using proper spaces between the words.
Visualization and giving opinions (I liked the story because... I did not like the story because...)
Predicting what may happen in a story.
Themes: Owls / Families
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.
What are we doing in Math?
Often in Grade One, the focus for Math becomes addition and subtraction and that's what parents expect to see and that is what kids believe they should be working on. That is "math". They do not realize that math incorporates more than just knowing the process of how to add and to subtract.
In Grade One, we spend a great deal of time throughout the year working on Number Sense. This goes beyond just adding and subtracting. It's learning how to work with numbers, how to manipulate them, how to use them to make judgements and form opinions on things and how to use them to create different strategies for solving real life problems.
Number Sense falls under a larger category called, Numeracy.
A definition of numeracy: Numeracy refers to the ability to make sense of mathematics and to use mathematics effectively in real-life situations.
Students are able to:
· use appropriate techniques, tools, and units in order to measure;
· solve problems by applying their understanding of numbers and the relationships between numbers, using different methods;
· analyze and describe geometric shapes and figures, location, and movement;
· analyze and make predictions from patterns;
· collect, organize, and analyze data.
I found this website that has some great ideas for things that you can do at home to work on Number Sense.
Math through Glyphs...
Happy Birthday to our...
Nov. 7 > Cassidy
Nov. 12 > Kaeden
Nov. 13 > Jonas
Nov. 21 > Pyjama Day
Nov. 27 > Treat Day
Nov. 29 > Katzie Craft Sale
Dec. 3 > Skating
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