Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to Parent Teacher Interviews!
Here are a few of the common items that many of us discussed:
Library & Levelled Books
Today in Library, Claire (Krissy’s Long Term Occasional replacement teacher) reminded the students about the ‘5 finger check’ or the ‘Goldilocks Rule’ of reading (*we’ve been discussing it in class during Daily 5s Read to Self as well). When we first started going to the library this year we wanted students to practice a love of reading and to choose any book that interested them, which might include some longer chapter books or graphic novels that were above their reading levels. Now that we’ve been back at school for a while, we’ve been learning what makes good readers and which reading strategies to use (see blog post), we’d like students to choose at least 1 book at their level before they choose a ‘family read aloud’ book from the library.
*If you’d like to know your son’s or daughter’s current reading level, please reach out to me!
*Remember to visit the Literacy Link tab on the Homepage (under homework) to see a visual and further explanation of the Developmental Reading Assessment.
By November in Grade 1, students are:
"at level" if they're between levels 6-10,
"approaching" between 3-4, and
"at risk" if they are at or fall below a 2.
By November in Grade 2, students are:
"at level" if they're between levels 14-18,
"approaching" between 10-12, and
"at risk" if they are at or fall below a 8.
Snacks & Lunches
Many families expressed concern about the amount of food that comes home in their child’s lunch bag some days; I agree, many of our students get so excited about recess that they neglect to eat their snacks!
We’ve had many discussions as a class about the reason for eating, how these foods help to fuel our bodies for a long day at school and work. Each morning as we get ready for the a.m. recess, I remind students to choose their healthiest of snacks first, to help set them up for a good day. As I drop them off in the lunchroom, most days I remind them to ‘eat your healthy foods first - your sandwiches, your soups, your pastas, your meats & cheeses - before you eat your treats & desserts”. If time allows, we sometimes get our lunch bags and finish our leftovers during story time at the very end of the day - but students know that this is not a guarantee and that they really should be eating most of their foods during recesses and lunch.
The HPAS Snack Program that takes place once a week is also a great reminder of why we should try to eat as many healthy foods as we can (I encourage each student to at least try the snack, even if they think they might not like it). Tanya, our ‘Snack Lady’, even puts up YouTube videos that include interesting facts about the fruits and veggies we’re eating. The students love to watch them, so be sure to check them out at home too!
Recess Play & Social Skills
The school yard is a big place with lots of little (and big!) bodies running around outside. Our students are learning how to navigate the social aspect of recess and to think of the impact that their choices and behaviours can have on other people. As part of our Social Studies Curriculum, we’ve been talking a lot about Relationships, Rules and Responsibilities, describing how our responsibilities might be different as a friend, as a sibling, as a member of the Room 108 Classroom Community or our larger HPAS Community. The biggest message is that we want our students to be able to speak up and advocate for themselves; to listen to their peers with open and caring hearts; to try to understand each other’s point of view.
To help reinforce this at home, you can use our School’s Problem Solving Questions:
Also, remind your children to:
Thanks again for all your support from home, and as always, please feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions, comments or concerns.
When choosing levelled books for your child, there are LOTS of different types of levelling systems. This chart may help you when looking for new books. *The Scholastic Flyers do list some DRA levels on certain books. Be sure to check them out each month!
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.