September 14

Dear Parents,

We’ve had a wonderful time getting to know one another better and settling into the routines. Thank you for coming out to Meet the Teacher night. It was great to share a little bit about me and my teaching philosophy with you. I am slowly starting to learn your names but I do not know them all, so please give me grace as I ask you to remind me of your name.

Thank you to those who have signed up for the week on which you will come into our classroom to celebrate your family. If you have not already done so, please sign up (the sheet is hanging just outside of our classroom). There is more information about it in the Grade One Handbook. If you need another copy of one of these handbooks, please feel free to ask me. You can also see a digital copy under one of the tabs on this blog.

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

In Language Arts we talked about the three ways we can read a book – ask your child what they are (1. read the pictures 2. read the words 3. re-tell the story). We talked about ‘good-fit’ books so that students would choose appropriate books to read (Does it interest them? Do they understand what it is saying? If reading the words, do they know most of the words on the page?) We also began working on “All About Me” booklets.

We started our Reading Power program this week.  Students were introduced to one of the different reading “powers” or strategies that can help with their reading comprehension: making connections to what we read.  A connection is something that the story or text reminds 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 together at home. Did the same thing that happened in the story happen to your child? Does the character remind your child of him/herself or someone he/she knows? Does this book remind your child of another book?  

We began focusing on the proper way to write sentences (start with a capital, use lowercase letters on the proper spots on the lines, finger spaces in between words, end with a period). Students practiced writing simple sentences with the short ‘a’ sound on their lined whiteboards (“The cat sat on a mat.”). I would say the sentence out loud and they would write what they hear. I was encouraging them to find their mistakes and correct them. They love finding the mistakes I include in my sample sentences on the board.

Mrs. Angela Laing is leading Story Workshop with our class every Wednesday afternoon. The students enjoyed listening to her read a story about the beach and then re-telling the story using shells, pebbles and ocean creatures. She also made up her own story afterwards. The children were seeing that they are all authors with stories to tell. They can use their own experiences to tell a story, or their imaginations. Students then had a chance to practice this with their own story boards and manipulatives.

In Math, we began our unit on Patterns. This week, we discussed how patterns are embedded everywhere, from the ceiling tiles to the 100 chart.  We discovered that patterns are a way to help us organize things around us; they help us to make sense of our world. Students had a chance to create their own patterns with a variety of math manipulatives as well as play the game: “Guess my pattern” by having different students line up in a certain order. 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. We began a directed drawing activity showing what God made on each day. Today I am sending home a letter explaining more about our Memory Verse Program in your child’s Back and Forth Book. 

In Art, we drew self-portraits to show how we are each beautifully and wonderfully made!

We had our first Computers class on Tuesday. Students were learning the routine of logging in, logging off and using the computers properly. They had a chance to explore a creative program called Kidpix for a bit. If your child does not have headphones please send a pair in by Tuesday.

We had our first Library class with Ms. Huber on Tuesday.  She introduced the library routines and explained how to use our library keys. Please continue to have your child bring a library bag (something that can protect the library books in case of leakage in your child’s school bag) on that day. The books that your child took out are due on Tuesday, as will be the case each week. If you would like to know more about what’s going on in the library, please subscribe to Ms. Huber’s blog – you can find a link on the right side of 1D’s blog.

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

Notices/ Reminder:

  • Literacy Night is Thurs. Sept. 27 at 7:00 pm. This will be an evening when we talk about the different literacy programs that we will be doing in Grade One. Please make an effort to attend.
  • Monday we begin our Special Friend schedule with Tammi (see Special Friend tab at the top of this page). Please help your child to remember to bring something that is important to them to share with the class. Please have your child practice talking about why their object is important.
  • Friday September 21 Scholastic orders are due. Please hand in your order form and payment (or pay online) by then. 
  • Friday September 21 is Dress like a Superhero day. Your child can dress like a Bible character, a hero in our community like a nurse or firefighter, or a fictional hero like Superman or Wonder Woman .  

Thank you for all that you do to support your child’s education. Have a blessed weekend!