November News

Sitting on the Fence

Welcome to Winter!

With the snow comes more learning as our classroom gets deeper and further into our studies. November is a busy month, as we prepare and fill our portfolios and complete testing for our first Report Cards which come out on November 14th. Here is what our learning will look like:

Math – Gr. 1s are advancing in our study of the numbers to 20. We will need to be able to name numbers before and after a given number, and count forward and backward starting at a random number. This skill will prepare us for the introduction of addition and subtraction later on. Gr. 2 s are practicing lots of patterns using numbers – skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s, forward and backward. You can help at home by doing lots of counting patterns – especially backwards.

In Health we have begun learning how to deal with our emotions in healthy ways. We will be learning specific strategies for dealing with the strongest emotions – anger, fear, and sadness. Ask your child when he/she is calm how to deal with different situations, talking their potential responses through. This will help them when the strong feelings hit them to work through the situation without spraying their feelings all over other people!

Our Social Studies program will continue with new super hero characters – Making Mistakes Maggie helps us to admit when we are wrong and do what we can to make things right. Later, Managing Emotions Emma will reinforce what we are learning in our Health program to ensure that we have many strategies and coping plans in place to deal with life’s stresses.

Keep up the great work reading and practicing Sight Words at home! The reading scores will definitely reflect the strong home support these little ones have.

Let’s do this!  🙂



Back to School!

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Welcome back!

We had a terrific first day of school today. We unpacked supplies, learned our classroom rules, and even had time to play and have a cold treat to beat the heat!

Here are our rules:

  1. Raise your hand when you want to talk. That way, when we talk, others will listen!
  2. Hands and feet to yourself. Hands are for helping and feet are for moving. They work better when they stay in our own space!
  3. Be a good friend. This is a big one. We will learn all year what a good friend does, says, and is!
  4. Clean up your own mess. Mess happens. Just don’t leave it messy!
  5. Do your best work. Take your time and whatever you put your name on, you can be proud of!

Remember that School Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 6th!!

Our first Math unit for this month is ‘Patterns’. We will be learning to extend them (make them longer), copy them, translate them (change the basic pattern into another form), build patterns with more than one attribute (Gr. 2), and fix pattern mistakes. Patterning is crucial to mathematical understanding – and to reading development, too. Recognizing letter patterns help us to read new words!

We will also be learning about classroom rules and about how to keep our attention at its best learning potential. This is called ‘Self-Regulation’. There are links to some articles about self-regulation on the parent page.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!