Great news!! Our Smart Board is finally working!! It was installed last week, but it took a few days for the TDSB to update the software … all is good now and we’re off an running! We used it for our V.I.P. printing, for read alouds AND for our calendar math! It’s going to be a great addition to our program.
On Monday students were introduced to their “Poem of the Week” folders with the poem “We Will”; take a look through our photo gallery to see a pic of the poem! Students echo the poem when it’s read to them, read the poem aloud as a group, practice reading from their folders with buddies at their desks and even did a great job ‘solving a mystery’ for me – when I photocopied a second version of the poem, some of the words went missing, so students had to use their previous copy to find the missing words and write them back in ;)
Our book buddies helped us this week with a writing activity about Bucket Fillers; we thought of ideas about how we’re bucket fillers and our older buddies helped us sound out unknown words and find known words around the classroom (like on our Bucker Filler book) or on our Word List (there are 2 at each table for students to access). Asking a friend for help with spelling is a great strategy!
In preparation for morning literacy centres, we talked a lot this week about “ways we choose books”; ask your son or daughter about the anchor chart we made and the ‘borrow marks’ they use in our classroom library!
Thanks to all the parent volunteers that helped out with our Writing Journals; students have been using them daily, to write about anything of their choice! Soon, we will begin a more structured Writer’s Workshop program.
On Friday, the students listened and watched a read aloud from BookFlix called Chrysanthemum and listened to a read aloud that I read to them called Suki’s Kimono. Ask your son or daughter about the text-to-text connections we made! (*Both girls were excited for the first day of school, both girls were teased, one for her name and one for her clothes, Chrysanthemum’s teacher stood up for her but Suki stood up for herself).
(*check your emails for a BookFlix password so you and your children can access the site at home! We can’t post the password online, but I can email it out)
Please visit this article from Reading Rockets "Make Reading Part of your (Preschooler's) Everyday Life"!
Students worked with Kendra this week on single digit addition; using snap cube trains they solved all the possible ways to compose the numbers #5 and #6; we created anchor charts with images and number labels to show our understanding. They also looked at the ‘equal’ sign and discussed how 5+2=7 is really the same as 7=5+2. Play around with “equals” at home and help you son or daughter with the understanding that z=x+y is OK!
Students had a blast using the SmartBoard to play all the interactive math activities that have been homework over the past few weeks! We played ‘Concentration’ and worked with number recognition, the Base Ten Blocks game, a 10 Frame game AND a Number Line game.
A lot of families stopped to ask me about reversals at BBQ night; * Letter and number reversals are a common developmental problem for many young children. They often have difficulty processing spatial opposites such as left-right and up-down. These challenges sometimes persist as letter and number reversals for beginning readers. As a child matures, their brain usually develops the necessary pathways to accurately process spatial information. Parents and teachers can reinforce the importance of these skills, and facilitate reading development, through play and extra practice. Read More.
Many families also asked about the Calendar Math and the different ways to compose and decompose numbers. If you're interested in getting some resources from home, I'd suggest visiting Scholar's Choice You can order materials online, or there are two Toronto locations, one at Bayview/Eglinton and one near Sherway Gardens. They have TONS of great learning materials. Try the Magnetic Base Ten Blocks - they'd be great on your fridge! Or the Starter Set They also have Snap Cubes or Unifix Cubes
It was so nice to see so many of you out at Thursday’s BBQ night – what a turn out! If you didn’t get a chance to make it, or to pick-up the handout on homework, please check your emails for more information.
Next week is officially October which means the HPAS Halloween fundraiser is right around the corner! As many of you know, the classes at HPAS contribute to raffle baskets which are then showcased at the HPAS fundraiser. This year, the grade 1/2 class will be donating items to the “Toy Store” basket, as part of this year’s theme “The Carnival Comes to HPAS!” Starting next week, we’ll be collecting new and unused toys for our basket. If you’re not sure what to get, try www.scholarschoice.ca orhttp://www.mastermindtoys.com/ for some amazing, educational and fun toys!
Students had their first visit with Krissy at the library this week! Every other day 1, students will be allowed to sign out 1 or 2 books to either leave in the classroom or bring home. Please help your son or daughter to be responsible for their library books!
Our walk for Terry Fox was a success on Thursday! *If you didn’t get a chance to send in donations, please send them this week – we’re still collecting!* Thanks to all the families that were able to make it out and join us. Students walked the streets chanting F.O.X. and Terry Fox! Terry Fox! It was nice to see J I was also touched to see some HPAS students wearing their “I walk for” stickers in memory of my father. As many of you know, I lost my father to cancer last year, so this was an especially important walk for me. I spoke with our Room 102 students briefly about my dad’s passing but I wanted to let families know that if students ever have any more questions about him, it’s ok to ask J
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.