As we embark on a new learning journey with the BC curriculum, four facets within its core competencies were highlighted since the start of your child’s school year. As part of our class rules, the students were expected to learn to be problem solvers (social responsibility), communicators (communication), reflective thinkers (personal awareness and responsibility) and caring (social responsibility). I believe that these learning attributes can help your child succeed in the 21st century. In May, we unpacked these core competencies and asked the students to reflect and choose two that describes them best. They were also asked to decide on the core competency that they wish to improve on. The artifact that we are sending home next Wednesday, Jun 12 (in your child’s Back and Forth book) is their self-reflection of the kind of learner that they believe they are at this point and no doubt may change as they grow. Hopefully, this will begin a dialogue that you will continue to have with your child in helping him/her become a life-long learner.
Thank you for helping your child choose and bring in their favourite picture book. We were able to learn about new authors and enjoy many different stories. Hopefully over the summer, the students will continue to visit the public library wherever they are and revisit books by these authors, as well as continuing to discover their own favourite writers. We continued to read books by Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett and practiced how to infer.
In Math, we discussed how we can use nonstandard units, such as unifix cubes, paper clips, or links to measure the length of objects around us. We reinforced the idea that when using nonstandard units, we need to ensure that the nonstandard unit is lined up so that there is no overlapping or space between them. The students noticed that the shorter the nonstandard units, the higher the answer becomes as compare to using longer nonstandard units (e.g. a pencil is about 8 unifix cubes long or about 5 large paper clips long). The students also went on a “measure hunt” to find objects around the classroom that matches specific nonstandard units (e.g. find something around the room that is about 8 unifix cubes long).
In Bible, the students learned about the amazing conversion of Paul and how he went from persecuting Christians to preaching the Good News. We talked about how God can use anyone to spread the Good News of His kingdom.
In our Inquiry unit of Now and Then, we discussed what school was like in the past. We looked at pictures of schools from the past and asked the students to contrast between schools now and before. They suggested that the students from the past tend to sit in rows as compare to groups, and that it may be harder to learn from each other. As well, to develop the students’ critical thinking skills, we asked them to justify or give evidence to support their thinking. They feel that the schools now are better than before because there are fewer students, more space to play, more teachers who are less strict, and more technology being used. We also looked at some pictures of homes and items within a home from the past. We discussed what the students found out about their parents’ homes when they were young. The students thought that homes now are better. They justified their thinking by saying that there was less technology, and more chores to do at homes from the past. In order to help develop your child’s critical thinking skills, continue to prompt your child to give reasons or evidence to support their thinking.
In Health, we talked about the last core competency of social awareness/responsibility. We discussed how when we make good choices, we can help others learned, feel loved and be safe. In order to be more aware of others, we need to listen to others, think about the perspective of others and encourage those around us.
I will begin to send home the students’ workbooks and belongings over the next week and a half. Please take some time to go over your child’s work and free feel to email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a restful weekend!