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Sep 22

Dear Parents, 

This week, we started our printing program called Handwriting Without Tears.  We reviewed the capital letters that the students were exposed to last year as well as the correct way to hold a pencil.  Each student practiced printing in their own exercise book after we go over the correct stroke order as a class.  We also continued to focus on the first Reading strategy of connection.  As I read aloud different stories to the students, they were asked to tell the class the connections that they have made.   

In Math, we asked the students to create and extend patterns with 3 or 4 elements and record them onto paper.  As well, we started to expose students to word problems.  We discussed how it is useful to re-read the question to ensure that we understand the question.  We also talked about how we need to persevere when working on math problems and not give up so easily.   

In Bible, we reviewed the story of Noah and the Ark.  Students reflected in their Bible book as to why Noah obeyed God.  Some thought that Noah was obedient because he trusted God even though others thought he was silly, while others thought that he knew God has a plan for him.  We made a rainbow to decorate the front of the Bible book to remind the students of God’s covenant with us and Noah.  Next week, students will have an opportunity to recite their memory Bible verse (Hebrews 12:1) to me from Monday to Friday.   

We started Health this year by focusing on healthy lifestyle choices.  Students will explore ways to maintain proper hygiene and positive wellness choices such as the importance of diet, exercise and sleep.  This week, we discussed why we need to eat healthy foods and organized them into different categories such as healthy, unhealthy or in between (food that we can eat once in a while).  Most children suggested that pop is unhealthy and ice cream is more of a treat! 

In our first thematic unit of the year, Matter Matters, we will be exploring the big idea that “everything can be used for something”.  Students will inquire into the properties of matter (how something acts, feels, and looks) and how they affect its function.  We launched the unit this week by introducing the topic to the students.  

A reminder that our Literacy Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 28 at 7 pm.  We will be discussing our literacy program and ways that you can help your child at home.   

Have a fruitful weekend! 

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Sep 21

Reminder from our school office:

There will not be any Chapel this Friday, Sep 22.  Students will be meeting up in their Family Group at that time.

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Sep 15

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for taking time out to come to our Meet the Teacher Night.  It was great to be able to touch base and share my teaching philosophy and approaches to teaching with you.  Thank you to those who have already placed their names on our Celebrating Families sign-up sheet outside of our class.  We look forward to getting to know more about your family! 

The students are beginning to adjust to the routines and expectations of the class.  We continue to encourage students to take risk and play with new friends during recess times as well as be problem solvers and communicators. 

We started our reading program this week.  Students were introduced to the reading strategy of “making connections” that can help with their reading comprehension.  For the next few weeks, we will be focusing on making connections to what we read.  A connection is something that the story or text remind us of.  We read the book “David Goes to School” by David Shannon and students were asked to make connections to the different things David did in the story.   To reinforce this strategy, you can ask your child about the connections that he/she makes as you read with them at home. 

In Math, we began our unit on Patterns. This week, we discussed how patterns are embedded everywhere, from our calendar to the 100 chart.  Students suggested that patterns are a way to help us organize things around us, like our class library.  They also asked their friends to guess the different patterns that they made with math unifix cubes and pattern blocks.  We will work on creating and extending patterns up to four elements (e.g. ABCDABCD) as well as translate patterns from one representation to another (e.g., red, yellow, orange, white to ABCD).  Understanding patterns help children build a foundation for algebraic thinking.   

In Bible, we reviewed the story of Creation.  Next Monday, I will be sending home a letter explaining more about our Memory Verse Program in your child’s Back and Forth Book.  Please be sure to take a look at our self-portraits in the hallway to celebrate how God has created each one of us wonderfully and uniquely. 

We had our first Library class with Ms. Huber this Friday.  She introduced the library routines and gave the students a chance to borrow books.  Please continue to help your child to develop a habit of bringing in a library bag (something that can protect the library books in case of linkage in your child’s school bag) each Friday.   

If you wish to find out more information about our Library, Music and French program, please subscribe to those blogs found on the right side of 1C’s blog.  You will receive an email when these blogs are updated. 

We have planned two ice skating field trips to the Minoru Ice Skating Rink and will be requiring volunteers on those dates.  We have scheduled them on Friday, Nov 17 and Wednesday, Jan 24. We will be requiring your assistance from 10:30-12:00 to help student put on their skates.  You are also welcome to join in and skate for free that day.  I will be sending out more details closer to the actual skating dates. 

Have a great weekend! 

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Thank you for visiting our blog!  This is where you will find weekly updates regarding your child’s learning in our class.  In order to consolidate what your child have learned in class during the week, you may wish to converse with them and find out more about what they know over the weekend.  Enjoy!  Mr. Chan