Below find a few images of the last six weeks in our class.
Thank you so much for all of your Christmas greetings and well wishes for this holiday season. May each of your homes be filled with peace, love and special family time.
Below find a few images of the last six weeks in our class.
As we turn the calendar page over, we cannot help but reflect upon how rapidly this year is flying. It is hard to believe that Christmas is around the corner. What a great year it has been so far and we have so much excitement ahead of us, too! The boys and girls have an action packed November with "Swim To Survive" and their performance evening at Centrepointe Theatre. My little friends are to be commended for being excellent school ambassadors when representing St. Luke out in the community..... I couldn't be prouder!!!
St. Luke Angel Tree
We all know that Advent is a very special time in our Catholic Faith. All around us, we can see that our families and community use the season as a time to get ready to celebrate the feast of Christmas. While it is very important to use this time to prepare our homes, it is even more important to use Advent to prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Our St. Luke students are being challenged to prepare their hearts in a special way. The students are being asked to bring in new mittens, scarves, hats, gloves, and socks and well as donations for the Angel Tree. These warm fuzzy gifts will be donated to local organizations to help those who are less fortunate. Please challenge your child to work and “earn” their warm, fuzzy offerings. Then, it becomes a work of the heart and a gift from the heart.
What We Are Learning:
In Math, we just finished up an in-depth study of data management. Our present focus is now measurement (linear measurement is the “biggie” in Grade 3). This unit focuses on choosing correct tools for measuring, choosing and applying appropriate units, examining the relationships between perimeter and area, and working collaboratively to solve related story problems. This unit also gives us lots of real life practice for counting and adding. As well, we will use it later on to introduce multiplication (faster to multiply than to add repeatedly!). Please note we are constantly working on improving addition and subtraction skills. We will also begin some “hands-on” work with multiplication. If you are looking to support your child's numeracy development, please provide some double digit addition and subtraction practice (regrouping).
Thank you for taking the time to support your child with his/her home learning link. Each child is becoming more responsible and making solid connections as a result of this extra practice time.
In English, we have finished up a very big unit on "Descriptive Writing". This has been a successful unit as the students are becoming aware of how important it is to use words, phrases, and sentences that will create strong and clear pictures for the readers. We have recently begun a unit of recount writing which requires the children. You will see the children will be learning to use graphic organizers to plan and organize their ideas and following a writing checklist for each style of writing. In the January newsletter, we will send you more information about that unit.
In Reading, we are focusing on the comprehension strategy of" Connections". We are learning that we relate to many experiences and texts as we read. Not only do we see the connections, but we feel the emotions of the story in connection to our experiences. This is a critical skill for readers, and as writers, we keep it foremost in our minds when we plan our writing. Our readers need to see and feel our stories, too! Also, you might have noticed a star beside the odd word on our weekly word wall lists. These words are repeats from a previous list to allow a little more time for spelling mastery and application.
In Religion, we are focused on the real meaning of Christmas and what this liturgical season means to us as The Grade 3 classes will be preparing the Advent Mass, so please consider coming to the mass on Wednesday, December 12th. The mass will begin at 9:25 am. All are most welcome to attend.
In Phys. Ed, we have been building skills and improving fitness with some low organized, cooperative games. A class favorite as of late has been noodle ball. THE BOYS AND GIRLS ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS TIME!!!
1. Please ensure your child has spare mittens and socks in their backpack so they can change if necessary.
2. December Book Orders are due December 3rd. Just a gentle reminder that payment is by cheque only and that the final cost of your order varies from province to province. Please ensure you send in the proper funds for Ontario (listed at the top) of each item.
3. Please remember to sign your child's agenda each night. As well, have your child remove any mail in the front agenda and give it to you to read. :)
4. Our kleenex supply is getting low and winter cold season has just begun. We would be very grateful if you could send in another box of kleenex. Thank you!
5. Thank you for reading with your child every night! Discuss the story. Have them re-read the story, or part of the story, to improve their fluency.
6. Congratulations to our CGE award winners Nehita, Mackenzie, and Ethan for Dignity of Persons. Bravo!!
7. Tis' The Season: Children are encouraged to bring in any Christmas cds and story books that you would like to lend to us for the next three weeks. Please label them. We will ensure they come home in time for the Christmas holidays.
8. St. Luke Christmas Concert: Wednesday, December 19th @1:00 pm.
Thank you for your continued support.
Lots of great learning has been packed into these past couple of weeks. The excitement is also definitely building in our classroom as Halloween approaches and some exciting activities special to Grade Three students only are on the horizon in November. Read below for more details on "Swim To Survive", choral performance with "Rag and Bone" Puppet Theatre, and our Ottawa 67's field trip. Wheeew......it is a busy but fun time ahead!!!
In Math, the students have just finished an in depth exploration of 2D figures and some motion geometry. They also completed a two part culminating task that required them to "show what they know". We will have a few final wrap up activities next week and then we will turn our focus on to Data Management. Lots of new vocabulary has been presented to the children during each unit. and I would ask that any chance you get......chat about the math activities going on in our class. Please point out the Math that is all around.....asking your child to make connections to what they see.
I will also be sending home a list of just some of the words that are presently on our Math word wall. This is the vocabulary we are using on a daily basis. The children are encouraged to apply the correct terminology when answering questions or explaining their thinking.
How can you help?
Please revisit the words on the word wall list. Have your child explain the meaning or significance to the activities in our class.
Practice addition and subtraction facts with your child. Mental math activities while driving in the car is a great way to to sharpen these skills. Present your child with a number......then ask for 10 more.....10 less.....round the number to the nearest 100...etc......
In English, we have been reading through short stories and examining "cause and effect relationships. The boys and girls have so far been exposed to tasks in whole group, small group and in pair share format. Next week, the activities will be independent with a strong focus on finding evidence in the story using signal words and phrases. These activities will definitely improve and further develop critical thinking skills.
Along with our reading activities, the students will be writing a Haiku poem about Halloween. A Haiku poem is a 17 syllable poem that is very short in nature but requires the use of strong adjectives to create imagery. Should be lots of fun!!
How can you help?
Continue to review word wall words at home with your child. Our goal is to have the children spell these words correctly while writing. Reading each night is absolutely essential. A reminder of some questions to use with your child to initiate a discussion about what he or she has read:
In Science, we continue to explore plants and link our eco-school endeavors to authentic learning tasks within the classroom. We will be heading outside with some I-pads next week on a search for parts of the plant and flowers we have learned about in class. We are also going to be comparing different seeds and growing a variety of plants in the classroom.
As well, every second Friday we have been joining with Mrs. Kelly's Grade Three class to explore a variety of STEM activities together. The tasks are "hands on" and they challenge the students to work collaboratively, be creative, and think outside the box. Last week's challenge was the pumpkin catapult. It caused a great deal of excitement and the "productive chatter" we heard from as each group moved through the planning and testing stages was amazing!!!
1. The Ottawa 67's and the "Swim To Survive" notes are due back asap. Thank you to my parent volunteers. It should be great fun and a wonderful experience for us all. If you have volunteered, please be on the look out in your child's agenda for more specific details.
2. The Grade Three students have been invited to be the chorus in a drama production at Centrepointe Theatre. The performance is called "Zoom" and it will be held on Thursday, November 22nd. The children will be singing three songs A letter has been sent home providing information and specific details. Please ensure you keep the note handy for future reference.
3. Book Orders: Just a gentle reminder....if ordering books no cash can be sent through the mail. Please make cheque payable to Scholastic Canada Ltd. The next book order is due November 2nd.
4. Popcorn days are on Friday. The children can purchase popcorn for $2.
5. Halloween is just around the corner! As in previous years, children are most welcome to wear their Halloween costume.....Masks are not permitted and lightly prepared makeup or none at all is recommended.
6. Highlighters: the children are now in the habit of highlighting their directions as they read them. Please send in a yellow pencil crayon, crayon or highlighter with your child if you haven't done so all ready. Thank you!
7. Progress Reports will go home on Tuesday October 30th. Parent Teacher Interviews will be held Thursday, November 15th. Please book your interview online. The online booking will be available on November 6th. I look forward to chatting with you.
8. Take Me Outside Day will be held this coming Wednesday, October 24th. St. Luke students will be outside at different times through out the day for a full hour taking advantage of the great outdoors......getting unplugged.....and getting ourselves moving!!
8. A big congratulations goes out to Bemnet, Connor, and Freya!! They are our CGE award winners for Community.
Thank you for your continued support.
In Math, the students have been exploring numeration through place value and patterns. The boys and girls have been learning to recognize, describe, connect and apply patterns on both hundreds charts and number lines and represent numbers in different ways. During class, the children regularly explore new concepts and build skills through focused mini lessons, exploration time with manipulatives, pair share challenges, and then finally independent work time. This gradual release of responsibility allows each child to become confident and develop the skills to work to his or her potential.
Looking ahead, we will wrap up this first unit next week and start into our inital geometry unit 2d shapes.
How can you help?
Please revisit the concept of regrouping (double digit addition) with your child at home. Computation skills are ongoing in our classroom and any extra practice at home will be of great benefit.
In English, the boys and girls continue to build upon their descriptive writing skills. We started with some isolated sentence writing activities called "7up" sentences. Please ask your child about them as we will be referring to "7up" in all of our subsequent writing tasks. Next week we will be paragraph writing. The children are in the process of learning how to web and outline their ideas on a graphic organizer. Be on the look out for some of your child's writing samples to be shared with you at home.
In Reading, we have been visualizing and making relevant connections during our daily read-a-louds, self selected time, and independent reading activities. We have just begun to look for proof in stories to explain our answers and to infer and predict using the text and picture clues.
Focused mini lessons on spelling patterns and strategies, punctuation placement, and the appropriate grammar usage will be ongoing throughout the year.
How Can You Help?
Continue to help your child master the correct spelling of the weekly word wall words sent home each week. As well, please ensure a nightly reading routine has been established.
1. Please return all pertinent forms that were sent home to each family during the first week of school.
2. Our tech centers will be up and running next week. Please send in a pair of head phones labelled with your child's name for in class use.
3. The children will be bringing home their home learning link on Monday. Please return it to school on Friday. Thank you.
4. September Book Orders have been sent home. Just a gentle reminder to make payments through cheque only.
5. Picture Day is Friday September 21st.
6. St. Luke School Terry Fox run will be held on Friday, September 29th during third block.
7. Login information for online learning activities (Prodigy, Zorbits, Raz Kids) will be sent home e this week. Please be on the look out for the information in your child's agenda.
8. Please read and initial your child's agenda each night and ensure any mail sent home is removed from the front pocket...thank you!
9. St. Luke Fall Food Drive starts Wednesday September 19th and runs until September 28th. Thank you in advance for all donations.
Thank you for your continued support.
I am thrilled that your son or daughter is in my classroom this year and I am very excited to get started! I am a firm believer in keeping a strong, open line of communication between home and school......after all we have something very special in common, your child!
It is essential that the children and I work together as a classroom family. We will be spending a lot of time together so it is important that we treat each other with kindness, respect, and compassion. My job is to help your child grow as an independent learner and as a person of good character. No doubt we will have lots of fun navigating through the adventures that lie in wait.
So it is my pleasure to welcome some new and some very familiar faces to Mrs. Milne's Grade Three class for the school year 2018-2019:
Lindsay B., Lyla B., Mackenzie D., Bemnet G., Colton G., Mohamad H., Nehita I.-O., Hayley L., Gwen M., Kaylee M., Elizabeth M., Freya R., Connor R., Rujul S., Nathan S., Alexa S., Ethan S., Violet S., Danielle S., Chimmy U.
I look forward to meeting with you in September during St. Luke "Meet The Teacher" curriculum night on Tuesday, September 11th.
Your Partner In Catholic Education
We are at the tail end of our Grade Three journey together with just only two weeks to go. What an amazing time we have had together! I have been so blessed to have had this past year (and for many of the students two years) to watch each child blossom into unique, caring, and confident individuals. They are going to do great things in Grade Four and I can't wait to see what the future holds for each and everyone of them. Thank you for your support throughout the year.
Have a safe, happy, and family filled summer holiday.
I wanted to provide an update on the activities that will be taking place in the next two weeks here at St. Luke......so get ready to mark your calendar.
June 18th-Family Fun Fair (5:30pm-8:00pm)
June 19th- Grade Three Robotics Workshop Part 2
June 20th- 9:25am- End of Year Mass (All are welcome to attend).
June 26th- Playday (Grade 1 - Grade 6)- morning only
June 26th- Report Cards go home
June 28th- 10:45am-Faith Recognition Assembly
June 28th- Last day of school for students
Wow!!! It is so hard to believe we have arrived at the May long weekend. The boys and girls have absolutely grown and matured so nicely through out the past eight and a half months....it will be difficult to let them go. However, this gang of mine is to be commended for rising to every challenge put in front of them so far. I can see they are ready to round out their Grade Three experience in style. There will be lots of things to put on your calendar in the next couple of weeks so please check your child's agenda and our class twitter site for the latest news and upcoming events.
As well, it was great being able to connect with so many of you during our Education Week Open House. The boys and girls were super proud of the work they had on display for you to see.Thank you for staying actively involved in your child's learning journey.........it really does make a difference.
For hockey fans......playoff season is here!!
For us, the playoffs means EQAO season is here!!
We are well underway with our preparations and each child is more than ready for the tests that are to begin at the end of May. The purpose of this post is to share logistics and tips with you so that you can understand this experience and can clearly the Grade Three goals and expectations.
Grade 3 EQAO has 6 parts – 4 language and 2 mathematics. Each part is written in a different block.
Math will be written during Block 1 on both Monday, May 28th and Tuesday, May 29th. Language will be written during Blocks 1 and 3 on both Wednesday, May 30th and Thursday, May 31st .
If possible, please avoid booking appointments or taking holidays in this time frame. Catching the students up on the testing is a challenge and not fair to the student. Thank you for supporting us in this way.
Tips to Help At Home:
We are doing lots of practice in class so the students are comfortable with the format and with the expectations of the test .As we practice, we share ideas, strategies, our successes and our mistakes, laugh and support each other.. We make anchor charts to help us remember strategies that work. This approach is designed purposefully to REDUCE anxiety, not to INCREASE it! Please support our efforts at school. Keep it positive. Taking tests is part of life and we teach test taking skills as we are reviewing materials.
Feel free to practice at home using EQAO materials that are located on the EQAO website (www.eqao.com). There is also additional parent information available on this website if you have further questions.
Ensure your child eats and sleeps well during this time frame. There will be no assigned homework during this period for our students. In fact, the homework each night will read : "Play hard at home.Eat nutritious food. Get a great sleep." If your child is ill, please remember they will be “caught up” when they return to school. It is not fair to ask them to write if they are truly ill.Send your child with a water bottle and nutritious snacks as you have been doing every day. We need to feed and hydrate those brains so they are “humming”!
In closing.......... I am extremely proud of ALL of my students. They have shown nothing but their best effort all year.........they are Grade Three ROCK STARS.
Get after it Grade Threes!!
Thank you for your continued support.
I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful March Break. The boys and girls had lots of tales to tell me upon their arrival back to school. Sounds like lots of relaxing fun was had by all. Spring has finally arrived and we have been blessed with a week of glorious sunshine.....just what we all need. We are in our final term of Grade Three and my friends are just growing in ways that are so rewarding to witness. They have risen to every challenge put in front of them..couldn't be prouder.
In Religion the Grade Three students were fortunate enough to have a volunteer team from St. Patrick's Parish lead them in making rosaries on March 2nd. The children then prayed the rosary and learned about the significance of each prayer. This coming Tuesday (March 27th) Father Gerard will come to St. Luke school to bless the rosaries for the students before they take them home. What a blessing for our children to be able to connect their faith between home and school in such a significant way.
This coming week we will also spend some time discussing and acting out significant events of Holy Week. On Holy Thursday our class will join Ms Basten's class for stations of the cross. The Grade Four students will lead us through each station with readings, explanations and quiet responses. Please ask your child about this activity when they arrive home next Thursday.
In Math, the students are just wrapping up an indepth study of Multiplication and Division. We have spent a good deal of time exploring story problems and identifying which operation to use to get the answer. The children have become proficient at drawing arrays to show both multiplication and division. They have also learned about the relationship between multiplication and division through a variety of exploratory games using manipulatives and counters. We will continue to further develop our multiplication and division skills through out the year with a continuous light focus in class. Please use authentic opportunities at home to extend these concepts (if there are 3 pizzas with 5 pieces.....how many pieces will our family eat all together? .....one tray of brownies with 24 pieces There are 6 rows, how many brownies in each row?).
Next up in Math we are going explore some measurement concepts like mass, temperature and capacity and start a big unit of study on geometric 3D shapes which will take us until the end of April.
Please continue to practice basic operation skills at home (addition and subtraction with regrouping) and review the times tables glued into your child's agenda each week for mastery
In English, the student have been reading a variety of texts. They have been polishing up their inferencing skills and learning how to answer questions with proof from the stories and from their own personal experiences. This is a more complicated process that is multi-step and requires a variety of reading skills at one time (analyzing, synthesizing, connecting). I have seen great gains and progress from each and every student. As well, I have been putting examples of these types of questions in your child's Home Learning Link. Please take a look at your son or daughter's activities to date.
After Easter, the children will begin a narrative writing unit. We will examine the features of narrative writing and set about applying all the spelling, grammar, and adjective lessons to produce polished and quality pieces of writing. Please be on the look out for some stories to becoming home in mid April.
How can you help? Encourage your child to write at home. Emphasize the correct application of learned spelling and appropriate beginning and ending punctuation. Please review all word lists with your child or spelling mastery.
In Science, we had a great afternoon of exploring strength and stability in structures with first hand building activities provided by " Let's Talk Science" a volunteer program set up by Ottawa University. This activity was a great spring board for our unit exploration of Structures. A few of our learning goals are as follows:
• how to correctly use the terms structure, purpose, load, struts, ties, frame, compression, tension, stable, building, foundation, forces, gravity, architects
• what a structure is
• about the purpose of different structures
• about frames of buildings
• how different shapes make structures stronger
• how a foundation strengthens a structure • about forces that affect structures
• how structures are affected by their surroundings and vice versa
1. Please continue to read and sign your child's agenda each night.
2. Congratulations to our CGE award winners this month for the theme of Justice..... Bravo Jack, Emily, and Bradley!
3. Popcorn day is every Friday and the cost is two dollars.
4 Library books are due every Monday. Your child is able to renew his or her book if need be but it must be brought back to school in order to do so.
5.Your child will be bringing home his or her own personal rosary on Tuesday March 27th.
6. Thank you in advance for any paint chips that were donated for our upcoming art activity.
7 A most heartfelt thank you to my parent volunteers that arrive faithfully every week to help the students. You are truly making a difference in the lives of our children.
8. A reminder that teacher supervision for the school yard begins at 8:55 am every day. Please ensure your child is not dropped off in the school yard before this time. Thank you!!
Thank you for your continued support.
The New Year is not so new now! Especially when January disappears as fast as it did!!! It is just incredible how fast these winter days fly by. Each day is getting brighter and a little longer longer.....and each day, our students are shining brighter and and a little taller! Wonderful things are happening in Grade 3.
Religion and Family Life
In Religion, we are exploring the teaching of Jesus and how it is relates to our own personal lives. We also focus on prayer and reflection in our daily lives.
The Grade 3's are very fortunate to be able to participate in a wonderful rosary making activity in our classrooms. A group of ladies from the St. Patrick's Church CWL will be coming to Grade 3 on Friday, March 2nd to teach the children about the rosary and they will also help the children make their own rosary. A letter outlining all of the details was sent home on Monday January 29th. We are in need of volunteers to assist the children. Thank you in advance if you are able to help out.
We will begin Lent on February 14th. with our school-wide Ash Wednesday Liturgy. Please watch out for news about St. Luke's special Lent charity this year. We will certainly be talking about it in class. Our classrooms will reflect the teachings and lessons of this most important season: prayer, alms giving, and fasting.
In English, we continue to hone our reading and writing skills. We are focusing on the Writing Traits of Word Choice (using striking phrases and very specific words) and Sentence Fluency (sentences sound “sweet” to your ears). That means when we write, we are working on creating great sentences that will entertain our readers and will create crystal clear pictures. We have just finished up a very fun persuasive writing project. The boys and girls wrote a persuasive letter to J. J. Clarke (weather man at CJOH) regarding best season (summer or winter). Be on the look out for this assignment to come home......your child will be trying to persuade you too!
In reading, there has been a big focus on carefully reading the questions posed, answering very precisely, and proving your thinking. The students are learning that you can prove your thinking in two ways: the words of the author and the pictures created by the illustrator (direct text references) and our own thinking (connections, reasoning, personal experience). So, when answering a question, students need to think: Where will I find the answer? In the words or pictures? In my head? In a combination of the two?
Please take a look at the Home Learning Link. You will see that the reading comprehension activities support what is mentioned above. Please help your child practice answering the questions thoroughly and with evidence and examples.
In Math the major focus this past month of January has been exploring money. The students have worked hard to solve story problems, make change, and exchange coins.
The story problems pushed the children to really look for key words and important information and to master regrouping to the hundreds.
At the same time, we have been looking at and practicing with a variety of different addition and subtraction strategies. The repeated addition naturally leads us to our next units of Multiplication/Division and the exploration of growing and shrinking Number Patterns. We will do a lot of problem solving to reinforce the link between multiplication and division. The ultimate goal is to develop automatic retrieval of math facts, but it is critical to develop conceptual understanding of these operations. All fact retrieval is worked on through games and patterning (e.g. if we can count by 2's, we know the 2 times table!). We will also talk about doubling and halving, and using partial products to solve multiplication problems (e.g. 32X7 = 30X7 + 2X7 = 210 + 14 = 224).
Physical Education and Health
February brings outdoor winter games (when the weather is not too frigid) and fun in the snow. Also, we are focusing on team sports and good sportsmanship. We will also tie the winter Olympics into our games. GO TEAM CANADA!!!
Home Learning Link:
Keep up all the great work on the Home Learning Link. This is a great chance for you to see just how your child is doing and provides you with a great opportunity to improve, edit, and discuss the work together. Please remind your child to do only their best work and to maintain the standards set at school.
1 Library books are due back each Monday.
2. Please ensure your child has spare mittens and socks in their backpack so they can change if necessary.
3. Please remember to sign your child's agenda each night.
4. Thursday, February 1st: FSL letter will be sent home. Please check your child's backpack for the letter that will contain important information regarding your child's French learning options for Grade 4.
5. Thursday, February 1st: National Sweater Day: Wear a warm sweater the heat will be turned down a couple of degrees.
6. Wednesday, February 7th: National Winter Walk To School Day
5. Ash Wednesday Liturgy @ 10:45am on Thursday, February 14th.
6. Report Cards will be sent home on Tuesday, February 13th.
7. Rosary Making Workshop for Grade Three students (Friday, March 2nd am only).
8. Please refrain from sending markers to school with your child.........a pack of crayons, pencil crayons, or twistables is all that is needed.
Thank you for your continued support.
Welcome Back! I hope that everyone had a restful, peaceful, and fun filled two weeks. January has come in like a lion with its bitter cold weather......but no doubt we will get a chance to enjoy this beautiful winter wonderland in the weeks ahead. I look forward to the adventures we will share together in 2018.
In Language Arts, we are moving into Persuasive/Opinion writing which always generates some great discussions and lively debates among the students. Please chat with your son or daughter about the topics on which we will be debating for this writing genre.
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.
Physical Education and Health
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.
Home Learning Link
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.
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.