DEAR PARENTS and STUDENTS - here are your February 2018 updates:
SPELLING WORDS – FEBRUARY:
Feb 5 to Feb 9 was after again any an
Feb 12 to Feb 15 as ask by could
Feb 20 to Feb 23 every fly from give
EVENTS – FEBRUARY:
Feb. 7 - Grade 1 Art Club (Group 2) 3 - 4pm
Feb. 7 - Div 1 Choir (includes grade 1) 3 - 4pm
Feb. 14 - Grade 1 Art Club (Group 1) 3 - 4pm
Feb. 14 - Div 1 Choir (includes grade 1) 3 - 4pm
Feb. 15 - Chinese New Year assembly at 1:30pm
Feb. 16 - no school
Feb. 19 - Family Day holiday - no school
Feb. 20 - Pink Shirt Day (assembly at 8:30am)
Feb. 21 - Grade 1 Art Club (Group 2) 3 - 4pm
Feb. 21 - Div 1 Choir (includes grade 1) 3 - 4pm
Feb. 26 to Mar. 2 - no school
Wednesdays - Library book exchange and Show & Tell
EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES and VIDEOS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpSlDY86FzA practise saying alphabet quickly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BELlZKpi1Zs practise letters and sounds together
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VLxWIHRD4E practise counting to 20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxgCA1qOW20 practise counting to 100
Reading at home will help your child become a stronger reader and writer. We recommend about 20 minutes of quality reading time per day. Here are a few things you can do together at home to help your child succeed with reading:
- Listen to your child read take-home books from school.
- After your child reads, point to a few short words on any page, and ask your child to read just those words separately. We do this in class too!
- Ask your child to close his or her eyes and tell you the beginning letter or sound of any word you read aloud from the book. Try this with ending sounds too.
- After reading the book, talk about what happens in the book and who is in it.
- Share your opinion of the book with your child. Ask your child for his or her opinion of the story. Your child can learn how to give reasons for his or her opinions from you.
- Try: “I think this story is fun (or interesting, good, etc.) because ______________.”
- Listen to your child’s ideas and opinions. We discuss books at school too!
- Make the reading activities you do fun. Read a cereal box or a recipe together.
- Enjoy your time together reading, writing and talking!
- If you have time, visit the public library together. Pick 2 kinds of books – books your child can read to you, and books your child would like you to read to him or her.
- You will have access to hundreds of eBooks through WGH’s subscription to the Raz-Kids program. I will send home your child’s ID and password for this program. Students can listen to and read these books. Reading-comprehension quizzes along the way will show us your child’s progress.
- Students access Raz-Kids at: www.kidsa-z.com/login/kdobson1
Let’s make math fun and relevant to your child’s life! Here are a few things you can do together at home to help your child succeed with math:
- Give your child access to a computer to sign on to the mathletics website and use it often. I will send home your child’s ID and password for mathletics.
- Count the spoons in your cutlery drawer together.
- Try this challenge: How many foods can you think of that are shaped like a ball?
- Talk about today’s date; do this every day.
- Count the slices in a loaf of bread.
- Make a math story about toys at home. Try: If you and your brother each have 3 dinosaurs, how many do you have altogether?
- Measure the length of your child’s bed together, using an action figure or doll. Make a statement about the length. My bed is 11 Batmans long!
- Count eggs in a carton before and after removing some for breakfast. What is the difference?
- Challenge: How many shoes does our family have? How many pairs of shoes do we have?
- At the grocery store, ask your child to put 12 buns or 14 mushrooms in a bag for you. At the beginning of the school year we focus on numbers from 0 to 20. Later in the year we work up to 100, and beyond for students who are ready.
- After building something with blocks or Lego, count the number of pieces your child used together.