Word wall words will continue to be introduced each week. These tricky words need to be posted nearby so that your child CONSISTENTLY spells and uses them correctly. We are also focusing on organization in our writing and in our reading. Later this month, we will introduce the writing trait of Word Choice. It is important to be able to look critically at a story and realize that the author picked their words very carefully. Then, when writing, our young authors also need to remember to choose their words carefully to create images for their audience.
We will also be working on asking good questions as we are reading a story and understanding the main idea. We will be writing good responses to questions about the setting, characters, and the main events of the story. We will be focusing on improving the quality of written answers by using all of the reading comprehension skills that we have been developing since kindergarten! We will continue to work on focus, clarity, and precision in our responses.
In Math, we will quickly revisit telling time and elapsed time as we need a little more practice to master and understand the presented skills Please practice telling time at home using both analog and digital clocks. Focus on the placement of the hour hand. Its position is a really good indicator of the number of minutes as well. After we polish up our time telling skills we will be jumping right into an detailed exploration of Money.
In December, we explored in depth area and perimeter.This unit was such a natural way to introduce multiplication (and division). We had lots of fun with this unit and the students were highly engaged and motivated to solve the story problems..... Stay tuned as I will send home a note about multiplication and division later in the month. It is critical to develop a fluid understanding of these operations and not get locked into seeing them as “math facts”. We absolutely move to an efficient understanding and accuracy in calculations, but it is SO much better for the children to be able to use relationships and comparisons when problem solving.
As well, we are always reviewing number sense and numeration. Please practice the addition and subtraction facts to 20 at home so that your child knows them automatically.
Please make sure that you take advantage of your child’s Dreambox accounts. This is absolutely the best number sense and numeration practice that your child can get.
We are focusing on winter sports this term – if winter cooperates. We will be sliding, and playing outdoor winter games. Indoor gym classes will focus cooperative games that encourage fitness and good sportsmanship. Health will focus on healthy lifestyle choices.
We are very careful to link our Religion program to the real life of our students. We will continue to discuss how to make good choices and how to follow in Jesus's footsteps.
The Home Learning Link will resume on Monday, January 8th. as per past practice. The duotang will be sent home on Monday. Please return it by Friday. You will notice that there is now a mixture of both Language and Math activities enclosed. All assigned tasks are completely optional. However, they are directly related to our in class learning activities and provide excellent reinforcement and practice time. Please guide your child to complete all tasks with the same expectations set in class (show math work where required, full sentences, detailed paragraph if necessary, proper grammar, neat printing etc.....please complete all activities in pencil....not pen or marker). Thank you!!
Word Wall Word lists (WWW) will also resume on Monday January 8th. I usually have the word list glued into the agenda on Friday. As mentioned last term, sometimes I will repeat a more challenging word on a weekly list for additional practice.
- Please ensure your child has spare mittens and socks in their backpack so they can change if necessary.
Always dress your child for the cold and wind. Our yard seems to get the full effect of any wind and it can be very cold. Proper outdoor gear is essential. We check the students each recess before they head out to ensure they are properly “bundled up”!
Continue to send in those healthy lunches and healthy snacks.
Read with your child every night. Discuss the story. Have them re-read the story, or part of the story, to improve their fluency. Read from lots of sources such as a magazine, the newspaper, the internet, or a great book. Read lots of genres - science, science fiction,poetry, fables, fairy tales, fantasy, comics, and so on. Find a great book that is “too hard” and read it to your child. The best choices are your favourite novels. This is the best “cuddle up” and read time. You are making memories AND expanding their understanding.
Please provide your child some coins to work with at home. Showing money amounts in different ways and making change are skills of focus here at school.
Thank you for your continued support.