Writing is a very difficult activity at the grade one level. * The children must use all of their knowledge of letter names and sounds to sound out words they…
Dec. 15: hot lunch–grade 7 fund raiser
Dec. 15: spelling test
Dec. 20: dress rehearsal: come to school in the dark bottoms and white tops
Dec. 21: concert day; come to school dressed in dark bottoms and white tops; matinee and evening performance
Dec. 22: last day of school; Santa breakfast; dismissal at 12:00 p.m.
Jan. 8: school resumes;
No early morning remedial the first week back to school
Jan. 16: early morning remedial begins again
We are looking forward to our Career day on Wednesday, January 24. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered their time to discuss their jobs with the students. We especially want to thank Mrs. Antonel, a grade two parent, who is coming in to discuss her role as a police officer. At the end of the school day, please discuss this event with your children. What did they learn? What important jobs did they discuss? What questions did they ask the guests?
We are now working on our addition and subtraction unit. The children have been telling stories, drawing pictures to show they understand the meaning of the story, and writing the matching equations. At home, help your children solve many addition and subtraction equations using counters. We will be moving into interpreting pictures and story problems.
All of the children have received the second, third, or fourth reader as well as the word cards that match each reader. Well done! There are many comprehension activities that must be taught and learned and new readers will not be given out until enough comprehension work has been completed. As well, reading fluency must be adequate before new readers will be given. At home, do daily work to help your child memorize the word cards. At the back of each reader you will see the list of words and the order in which they are taught. At least one story from the reader should be attempted every day.
The home reading program began at the end of term one. Some children have already read more than 30 books. Prizes will be given to those children who read 36 books. Encourage your child to read a little bit every day. Watch to see that your child is choosing books that are a little bit challenging but easy to read for the most part.
Your child could also read books from home but include these on the reading list in the home reading bag.
We are now working on the short vowel sound for i. Words such pit, win, tip and hid. Please work on finding, spelling, and reading words with the short i sound. Thank you for all of your help.
Spelling tests occur on Fridays this year.
* For spelling we use the Dolch Word Lists. The Dolch words are the most common English words used in reading.
* Your child must learn to read and spell every word.
* Each child should be able to read the whole list within one minute by the end of each term.
* The complete list of words will be sent home. If you do not have a copy please send me a note so I can provide one.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD SPELL AND READ THE DOLCH WORDS. This helps them in their reading and writing so much!
Group One: test on January 26: brown, do, four, eat, came, yellow, our, out, please, pretty
Group Two: test on January 26: two, little, find, make, to, three, yellow, one
*When children make mistakes on spelling tests, the difficult words are reviewed on future spelling tests. We want to help children experience success.