Here we are entering our last 8 weeks of school together! We have a lot planned for the coming months! I look forward to working together with all our families as the children continue to learn and grow.
In French Language Arts we will be looking at readers theater and encouraging the children to use their reading skills to put on a mini play that they will be sharing with their peers. We will work on using expression, body movement, and props as a way of telling a story. We will incorporate this form of story telling into our writing as the children start to develop their written story telling skills. We will be looking at sharing ideas through first, next, then and last!
In Science we will finish looking at plants and animals and their various needs and then move forward with our construction unit. This unit is always a favourite with the children!
During Social Studies, we will be completing our Popplets presentations and presenting them to our classmates. We will also have the children constructing their own community!
Geometry will be our focus throughout the month but we will continue to practice our addtion and subtraction facts!
Keep reading and playing games to practice the basic facts and the art of winning an losing!
I hope that everyone enjoyed the February break and spent time with family and friends! As anticipated, teacher's convention proved fruitful and I have new ideas that can be implemented into the classroom in the coming months. I was also directed towards some wonderful books that will certainly help me grow professionally.
In science, we will be moving forward with our season's journal, entering into the spring season months! I cannot believe that spring is around the corner! We will continue to look at the 5 senses and do some hands on experiments with taste and smell. We will also be inviting Scientists in School to our classroom on March 24th for a wonderful hands on morning filled with fun and learning.
In February, our class particpated in a fieldtrip to the Galt museum. This was an excellent start to learning more about Lethbridge. Looking ahead in Social Studies we will work on our mapping skills as well as learning about different types of communities while taking a closer look at our own community.
In Math, we will continue to work on number sense as well as moving forward with subtraction. Continous efforts at home and school should be made to practice basic addition and subtraction facts. Quick recall up to 5, with an understanding of how to add and subtract up to 18 will provide a solid foundation for your child in grade 2. We will also introduce new math games, such as addition and subtraction bump!
We have officially learned all of our complex sounds in French. Now we will review the more challenging sounds and continue to practice, practice, practice our complex sounds. We will also be looking at prepositions, through song and writing. We will continue to build our writing foundation and start to encourage the children to add their own personal touches in their writing.
Lastly, in health, we will explore SuperFlex and the Unthinkables. This program will be delivered to the students by Martha Johnson, our school counsellor liason. The children will already be familiar with the idea of being flexible when dealing with their peers. This program will run for 6 sessions. I am excited for the children to bring information, with regards to this way of thinking, back home to your families.
As always, please feel free to contact me,
Happy New Year!
I hope that everyone enjoyed the break and enjoyed plenty of time with their family and friends. After an anticipated shock to our system, we will get right back into the routine!
In science we will move on from our colours unit and start to look more closely at the 5 senses! We will enjoy talking more about winter and all of the wonderful activities that accompy the snow and cold. We will continue to work in our seasons journal and document what happens as the seasons change.
Moving forward in social studies the children will look at themselves as unique people and gradually develop a broader understading of who they are and how they are connected to their families, our school and the community.
Please continue to play games at home as a fun way to reinforce Math concepts. The children will further develop their number sense by looking at ones and tens and will use this understanding to help them build addition and subtraction skills to 18.
During French language arts the children will begin their final complex sounds work book. This booklet is always a starting point for the children and a way for them to become familiar with the sound. It will be great watching the children furher develop their reading as they start to play with sounds on their whiteboards, during writing times and when they are reading! I also look forward to hearing the children start to respond more and more frequently to their peers as well as myself in French.
Hello! This is always an exciting month at school for the children and for our families. We are already in full swing preparing for our winter song that will be presented to our families on December 20! More information will follow but please save the date. The children will also participate in their second Leader in Me house team meeting surrounding the theme Habit # 2, Beging With The End In Mind! This is a great way for the children to practice a skill that we work on in class, which is that we are all in charge of the image or " picture" that we put forward each and every day! Often we talk about, what picture will I paint for others to see? When I leave school today, will the picture match my vision of myself and how I want to be seen? Feel free to talk about this with your child at home!
We are moving full tilt ahead with addition. I will begin to relate addition to subtraction, so that when the time comes they see the operations as connected and not seperate entities! The children are required to have mastered quick recall of addition facts up to 5+5. This means that their response must be instant and come to your child without the use of manipulatives or visuals. We will continue to look at the value of numbers and to practice our subitizing and general number sense.
The children continue to amaze me with their literacy skills! They are excited to be learning how to read in French and are putting in a great deal of effort to ensure their success! The best way to become a better reader is to READ! A large part of our day is spent building our literacy skills! We do this through our weekly home reading work, Smartboard whole class reads as well as reading to self, during stamina, and listening to reading. It is wonderful to see how far they have grown in a such a short time! Thank you for supporting your child on their literacy journey from home!
Finally, I big thank you for coming out during our interviews! It was great to see so many of you and to discuss how we can work together to support your child with their social and academic learning. I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of your child's ealry years. Witnessing their curiousity, courage, playfulness, imagination and so much more fill my bucket!
Happy holidays to you and your families! Have fun, rest up and be safe! See you all in the new year!
It sure has been a beautiful start to a traditionally cooler month! During the first couple of weeks there were even times when the children were able to wear t-shirts during recess!!!
During the month of November we will complete our number sense unit by finishing up with numbers 11-20. We have been spending a great deal of time at looking at different ways to make numbers and we will continue to do so during the coming months. We will start to use Studyladder as a way of keeping the kids excited about numbers. We will play a lot of whole class games where the children will be able to use the Smartboard and their whiteboards to show their learning. Feel free to play Go Fish, War, and dice games as fun ways for your family to exlpore numbers.
I continue to be amazed at the children's progress in reading! It has been my pleasure to see them develop their literacy skills! During the next month we will continue to blend sounds and build our high frequency word bank. Our focus will remain on reading patterned sentences with familiar words. Thank you for taking the time to read and practice the sound strips/ colour books with your child! Your support is appreciated and evident in their progress.
We will continue to explore primary and secondary colours as well as colour mixing. The children will also make a beautiful piece of art work based on Wassily Kadinsky's art work. Lastly we will start reciting our classrooms mission statement, which is linked to the Leader in Me program.
I look forward to meeting with all of you during interviews and discussing your child's progress and how we can best support your child in the coming months.
Take care and see you soon!
How quickly time flies! Here we are, already in October!
During the month of September we worked on letter recognition, combining the letter with its sound and then to an action. We just finished numbers 1-10 and practiced our skills with game based learning. The children participated in Terry Fox, a fall stroll and tree sketch, Scientists in School and lastly we kick started our first playground fundraiser…. Go Hurricanes Go!
Moving forward, we will continue with number sense from 11-20, and further develop our patterning skills. Allowing time for game based learning lets children practice and hon their skills in a fun and stress free environment. Game based learning allows us to practice our numeracy skills, while working on social skills like turn taking, winning and losing.
In literacy, we will continue to work on letter/ sound recognition, blending and move forward with some important sounds like “in”. We have started looking at the song PimPin Le Lapin but be prepared for more in the coming weeks! We also use patterned reading as a way to develop their reading sense as well as confidence. Children that believe that they can achieve something, more often than not will! Our goal is to not just develop reading but also their “Can- Do” attitudes.
Through cross-curricular connections we are blending science and French language arts. The children will glue their fall photos into their science journals and write about the seasons, blend colours, check temperatures and do some leaf rubbings during the month of October.
We will celebrate Thanksgiving by making cute turkey crafts that incorporate colour blending, followed by thinking about what we are thankful for. Our Halloween classroom celebration will take place on Monday October 31st.
Lastly, are school will celebrate our first Leader in Me assembly, following our first house team meeting we will start to build our classrooms mission statement, This statement will be recited daily after O Canada and announcements.
Please feel free to email or call the school at any point and I will contact you as soon as possible.
I am very excited to be returning to Agnes Davidson and the French Immersion program. I graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2005 and have had the great fortune to teach a variety of grades from K-4.
In the coming year I will work collaboratively with Mlle. Westwood, M. Muggeridge and Mme. Abbott to create a wonderful learning experience for your child. Grade 1 is an exciting time for both students and parents and I look forward to meeting all of you and getting to know your child in September. Grade 1 is an opportunity for your child to build a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy. We will sing songs, play games, talk, explore, create and have fun all while learning!
Please feel free to email or call the school at any point and I will contact you as soon as possible.