A Note From the Teacher...
This week: September 26 - 30
Monday > Pro-D Day (School not in session.)
Tuesday > Toonie Tuesday
Wednesday > Cops for Cancer Assembly
Thursday > Library
Early Dismissal for Student Led Conferences
Friday > Orange Shirt Day
STUDENT LED CONFERENCES: There will be a notice going home about Student Led Conferences on Tuesday. You are welcome to pop into our classroom with your child anytime before 5:00pm on Thursday, September 29th for our Student Led Conferences.
INSIDE SHOES: If you have not yet sent in a pair of inside shoes, please do so as soon as possible. Please make sure that their inside shoes will be appropriate for gym! Thank you!
EMAILS: If you are not receiving emails from me, please let me know so that I can update my contact list with the correct email address.
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, 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.
September - in class:
Home Reading > Will be starting soon! Please continue to read daily and visit the Library!
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 bring some of those words home in their 'Weekly Words Book'. Practice reading these words and practice coming up with new words that fit the pattern. Learning to generate rhyming words can be difficult for lots of kids, so this is an excellent activity to practice at home!
Journal Writing > Focus will be on sounding out words independently and adding details to their writing. Students will start using the word wall words (which are hanging in the classroom) correctly in 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.
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!
Patterns and Sorting
Themes: All About Me / Fall
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.
Friday is Orange Shirt Day
Although the topic for Orange Shirt Day may be difficult for Grade Ones to understand, our focus will not be on the Residential Schools, but rather on talking about the idea that every student as the right to feel safe at school. Every child has the right to be themselves.
Happy Birthday to our...
Sept. 3 > Henry
Sept. 3 > Trevor
Sept. 13 > Jacob
Sept. 16 > Myla-Lae
Sept. 24 > Quade
Sept. 27 > Toonie Tuesday - collection for Cops for Cancer
Sept. 28 > Cops for Cancer Tour stops at Katzie
Sept. 29 > Early Dismissal (1:30pm) for Student Led Conferences
Sept. 30 > Orange Shirt Day Legacy of Hope
8:30 First Bell
8:35 Morning instruction begins
10:15 Recess begins
10:30 Recess ends
11:43 Lunch > students inside to eat
12:00 Lunch > students play outside
12:30 Afternoon instruction begins
Zones of Regulation
A school focus this year for Katzie is teaching our students the Zones of Regulation. This is a program that helps children identify feelings and helping them learn how to regulate them if they need to. The kids will be sharing the information that they learn about the Zones at home!
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!!
Ms. Rogan, our librarian will be starting a new blog for our Library. Stay tuned...
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.