Walter and Gladys Hill Public School develops engaged 21st century learners from ECDP to Grade 6. Our students are ethical, global citizens learning through collaboration and inquiry with an entrepreneurial spirit that meaningfully contributes to society.

Karan Dobson

Welcome to grade 1! 

My name is Mrs. Karan Dobson. I teach grade 1N at Walter and Gladys Hill Public School this year. I am a lifelong learner and I model this for my students.  I love reading and writing, and I am passionate about early literacy. This year I want to help your child feel excited and proud of his or her reading and writing. Please share your ideas, questions and concerns with me, as we make our grade 1 journey together. If you would like to be a class volunteer, please send me an email. 

This year, your child will be given a Ziploc homeschool bag, with his or her name on it.  It will contain any important notes or forms you need to see.  When we begin our homeschool reading program, your child’s daily reading book will travel in this bag too.  Please take a look at this bag every evening, and send it back to school the next day.  You can keep me informed too, by putting a note in it.  If I see a note from you, I’ll respond. This will help us connect and work together to support your child. 


school phone #:    (780) 743-3101

school website / calendar:            

remind:  open web browser and go to:



We begin our spelling program on Sept 10th.  We’ll focus on short words that appear very often in speech and text.  This will help your child’s reading and writing grow.  Every day I will teach the class one new sight word.  We’ll practise it various ways throughout the day.  On the last school day of each week, we will have a mini spelling test.  I’ll say the words, and students will print them in their spelling books.  I will send your child’s spelling book home at the end of every week for you to view his or her progress.  Please look at each spelling test with your child. Let him or her know how excited you are about having them learn how to write new words. Students are encouraged to practise their words at home with you during the week, and to share their success with you at the end of each week.  

Two very important things:

1 – please return your child’s spelling book the following week

2 – please make oral and written practice at home FUN                                      


Our Spelling Words - 2019:

Jan 7 to Jan 11     -   out       please      pretty      ran        ride

Jan 14 to Jan 17   -   saw      say          she          so   

Jan 21 to Jan 25   -   soon      tall          that        there        they    

Jan 28 to Feb 1     -   this         too        under        want     was


Feb 4 to Feb 7       -   after        again         an        any   

Feb 11 to Feb 15   -   as            ask            by         could         does   

Feb 19 to Feb 22    -   every       fly         from         give   


Mar 4 to Mar 8        -   going        had        has        her       him   

Mar 11 to Mar 14    -   his            how        just        know   

Mar 18 to Mar 22    -   let             live         may        of        old  

Mar 25 to Mar 28    -   once         open         over        put   


Apr 1 to Apr 4         -   round        some       stop        take           

Apr 8 to Apr 11       -   them         then        think        walk   

Apr 23 to Apr 26     -   were          when        always        around   

Apr 29 to May 3      -   because      been      before      best     thank


May 6 to May 9        -   both          buy         call        cold       

May 13 to May 16    -   don’t        fast         first        five

May 21 to May 24    -   found       gave         goes        green

May 27 to May 30    -   its         made         many         off        


June 3 to June 6     -   pull        read         right         sing

June 10 to June 14 -   sit        sleep         tell         their         these

June 17 to June 21 -   those        upon         us         use        very

June 24 to June 27 -   wash        which          why         wish


Then on to Grade 2…Congratulations!!!    


EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES and VIDEOS:        practise saying alphabet quickly           practise letters and sounds together        practise counting to 20       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:


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.