Apr 18

Dear Parents, 

We will be featuring books by Peter H. Reynolds over the next few weeks.  He is the award-winning author/illustrator of The DotIsh and Sky Color and writes stories to inspire young children to be more creative. This week, we watched a video by him telling us how he created his books and the importance of using our imagination.  The students then used their creativity and turned their simple dots into various scenes for our display board outside.   

In Math, we began our unit on Time.  Students will be expected to tell time on an analog clock to the hour, quarter-hour, and half-hour.  Students will be encouraged to apply their mental addition and subtraction skills to reading time.  This week, we launched the unit by asking the students why we need to learn time.  Some suggested that knowing time lets us know when to do something, not be late, and how much time is left to do something.  We brainstormed events that take seconds, minutes, hours, or days.  As well, the students were taught a card game called Guess My Card.  It helps to reinforce their ability to add numbers to twenty by using mental math as well as the idea that numbers can be decomposed into parts.  This is another card game that you can play with your child at home to improve their understanding of part-part-whole relationships (e.g. 11 is the whole and 7 and 4 are the parts), a key component in developing a young child’s number sense.  More recent research has suggested the use of games over drilling practices to help students master their number facts.   

We began our new Inquiry unit on Light and Sound this week.  Students are expected to explore the properties of light (e.g. colour, brightness) and sound (e.g. pitch, volume) and how they can be manipulated, as well as ways that light and sound help us in our daily lives.  We will also be introducing the scientific method (e.g. asking a question and making a hypothesis, deciding on the method to test the hypothesis, recording and evaluating results) through the various experiments that we have planned for this unit.  This week, we launched the unit by introducing the big idea that light and sound help us understand our world, the difference between natural and artificial light, and ways that light can travel. Students were also given pictures of natural and artificial light to sort.  They discovered that natural light comes from nature while artificial light is man-made.  We watched a BrainPOP video on how light travels and things that it can pass through. 

In order to perform some of the experiments planned for this unit, we are asking each child to bring in two toilet paper rolls by next Friday.  Thank you for your help in advance! 

A gentle reminder that next Wednesday, Apr 24 is Grandparents Day.  All grandparents are encouraged to come to watch their grandchildren perform in the gym and circulate into the classroom to see how their grandchildren learn. 

Trafford’s mom and dad came in this week to share about their family.  We discovered that Trafford likes penguins, turtles, the Power Rangers as well as to build Lego, read Who Would Win books, and play ice hockey.  He also likes to cook, swim, play Beyblade, and go to the beach with his brother Henrik.  A Bible verse that is special to them is from Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”. 

Happy Easter! 

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