8:30 First Bell
8:38 Morning instruction begins
10:05 Recess begins
10:20 Recess ends
11:42 Lunch > students inside to eat
11:55 Lunch > students play outside
12:25 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!
Mind Up is a program that I like to work on in class with the kids. The focus of this program is to help children learn to self-regulate their behaviour. In the simplest terms, self-regulation can be defined as the ability to stay calmly focused and alert, which often involves - but can not be reduced to - self-control. (Definiton taken from www.cea-ace.ca website.)
Katzie Code of Conduct
At our last assembly, the kids were introduced to the Katzie Code of Conduct. A copy of this will be hanging in our classroom. It is presented in a format that will be easily understood by kids.
A note to parents:
Please keep in mind that children all develop at their own speed. Just because one child is reading chapter books doesn't mean that your child may be ready for that. Remember that every child develops at their own rate and we must praise them for where they are and how far they have come. It is so important to me, that your children come to school every day feeling confident about their abilities.
Confidence is key to continued success. In order for children to succeed, they must believe they can and in order to believe that, it is sometimes our responsibility to show them that they truly are capable!!
Please keep in mind that having troubles seeing is more than just not being able to see things far away. For kids this might mean not being able to copy words from the board properly on the lines. See the poster for other examples. Children often don't know that something is wrong with their eyesight because they don't know any different!
Please get your child's eyes checked regularly!!
When helping your child read at home, several strategies
may be used to aid in decoding unknown words.
1. Tell the child to look at the picture. You may tell the child the
word is something that can be seen in the picture, if that is the
2. Tell the child to look for chunks in the word, such as it in sit,
at in mat, or and and ing in standing.
3. Ask the child to get his/her mouth ready to say the word by
shaping the mouth for the beginning letter.
4. Ask the child if the word looks like another word s/he knows.
Does bed look like red?, for example.
5. Ask the child to go on and read to the end of the sentence.
Often by reading the other words in context, the child can
figure out the unknown word.
6. If the child says the wrong word while reading, ask questions
Does it make sense?
Does it sound right?
Does it look right?
Here are some amazing facts about kids and TV:
• time per day that TV is on in an average home - 7 hours and 40 minutes
• time per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children - 38.5 minutes
• percent of TV time that children older than 7 spend without their parents - 95%
• hours per year the average youth spends in school - 900 hours
• hours per year the average youth watches TV - 1023 hours
iPod and iPad Apps for Grade One students.
Moral Intelligence: Nurturing Kids' Hearts & Minds (Michelle Borba)
Misunderstood Minds: PBS article on learning disabilities and differences.