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
Thank you for your help and comments during the teacher/parent conferences. It was wonderful to meet with all of the parents and celebrate the achievements of your beautiful children. Do not hesitate to contact me if there are any questions or concerns during the second term.
The children are very excited about the coming Christmas season and have been attending the Advent prayers in the Church with the school.
I wish all of you a happy, healthy, and safe Christmas holiday with your family. God bless you all during this holy season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus.
We are now into our second math unit. We are studying the numbers to 20. Your child should be able to recognize and name the numbers to 20, print the numbers from memory when dictated in random order, count out sets of objects for the numbers to 20, count forwards and backwards from 1 to 20 and 20 to 1, and identify 1 less, 2 less, 1 more and 2 more than any number from 1 to 20.
Some children are still struggling with identifying 1 less, 2 less, 1 more, and 2 more than a given number. Please use counters to make sets and either take some away or put more in. As well, the children can use a number line or ruler to count forward or backward. Ultimately, children should be able to mentally count forwards or backwards to find the correct number.
During this unit, we will also do some estimating with groups of objects. We will use a group of five or ten as a comparison when estimating groups of objects. We will also build different arrangements for the numbers to 20. For example, 8 can be made with a 3 and a 5 or a 7 and a 1.
A set of dot cards was sent home at the beginning of this unit. The goal is that eventually the students will be able to automatically recognize the number represented by the arrangement of dots especially for the numbers to 10.
Thank you for supporting your child and working on some of these skills at home. Extra practice goes a long way to increasing the students’ knowledge and confidence.
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 a. Words such cat, ran, tap and Pam. Please work on finding, spelling, and reading words with the short a 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 12: said, yellow, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get
Group Two: test on January 12: all of the Pre-Primer Dolch words
*When children make mistakes on spelling tests, the difficult words are reviewed on future spelling tests. We want to help children experience success.