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…
Dear Parents: I hope you had a wonderful spring break. Thank you to those parents who were able to attend the student-led conferences. The children seemed very happy and proud to share their work with you.
This week, most children were able to perform their Frog and Toad puppet plays. As well, with the help of their grade six buddies, most students have completed their button blankets. Next week we will work on our Vancouver Then and Now projects. If you have not already done so, please help your child find and copy pictures that they can share to create their posters.
We will soon begin our studies of caring for the earth in preparation for Earth day. At home, help your child understand about the various ways we can recycle, reuse, replace, and reduce.
Next week, we will have Mass on Friday, April 12. There will be no gym on this day so please ensure that your child is in full school uniform.
Dear Parents and Students,
Please remember that I am available throughout the week if you have any questions or concerns.
Just write a note and send it with your child or speak to me at the end of the day when the children are dismissed.
As a team, we can help each child succeed this year.
We have worked on recognizing, sorting, and describing 3D solids and are now exploring 2D figures. The students have found objects in the classroom to match the 3D solids and have created pictures using 2D figures. Our next unit will be Canadian coins. Using the coins we will practice number patterns and counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. At home, play games using the coins. Count out amounts and practice using the number patterns to find out sums of money.
Reader sight words are tested as regularly as possible. If you feel your child needs testing please send a note to school. Sight words should be worked on every night so that words are recognized automatically. Your child should also be learning the Dolch grade one sight words. Students will be given the grade two Dolch list when they have learned all of the assigned grade one words.
Most children now have the fourth reader “Sun and Shadow” or the fifth reader “Together We Go”. Please continue to help your child learn all of the reader words as well as the Dolch Primer words. The children should only bring home one reader. They should bring home the most difficult reader to practice. Some children are using the Home Reading Program frequently. If your child is not bringing home books, please send a note to school. As your child progresses, they should be choosing more difficult books. The books are leveled, A being the easiest and N the hardest. The letter is indicated on the back of most books. Please check to see that your child is reading many other books besides the reader. Thank you for all of your support and help.
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 and should include these on the reading list in the home reading bag.
During the third term we will finish the short vowel sound for e. Your child should be able to decode simple words with only one vowel. If your child needs extra practice please request extra work sheets. We will soon move on to the various long vowel combinations such as ai, a-e, ay, ie, i-e, u-e, ue, ui, o-e, oa, ow, e-e, ea, and ee. During the reading lessons we have learned some of the consonant blends.
Please note: 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!
Friday, April 5:
Friday, April 12:
Group Two: all of the words on the Dolch primer word list
Friday, April 26:
*When children make mistakes on spelling tests, the difficult words are reviewed on future spelling tests.
We want to help children experience success.
If necessary another spelling group will be created.
If your child misses a spelling test, please give the spelling test at home and then send the mark to school so it can be recorded. Thank you.