I am pleased the children are borrowing so many easy readers for RAH RAH - the Read at Home program. They are recognizing more sight words and developing good reading strategies. There is a good online early reading program - **Starfall ** which is free. The children have an opportunity to use it with the Smartboard and it would also be great if they used the site at home. It has lots of fun activities and helps the children sound out words.
We are enjoying having a student intern from Saint Thomas University with our class. Miss Smith will be with us until Christmas vacation.
On Thursday we had an interesting video and presentation on Good Sportsmanship. Mr. Patterson is a guidance counsellor in our school and the children shared some great insights with him.
The children have done a great job learning all the new routines at school. They are making lots of friends and learning so much. Here a few things I want to mention:
1. Homework will start next Monday, Sept. 24th. They will work on two letter sounds a week and a math game every 2-3 weeks. I will send it home on Monday and you can return it by Wednesday or Thursday. I am also sending home a class list you can keep at home for reading and writing.
2. Please send in a change of clothes in case they are needed. Please put them in a plastic shopping bag labeled with your child's name.
3. Milk orders and hot lunch - Please send them by the due date so they can be sure to get their order. Thanks!!
Last week the children enjoyed hearing TJ Wheeler for the Blues in the Schools program. I am adding a few photos of the children and one of TJ Wheeler just as memory. They have so much fun during our special school events. I look forward to picking apples with the children next week and I hope to see some of you at the orchard!
Last Tuesday the children were delighted to see a presentation by Worlds Unbound, a group from UNB that does summer science camps. They did a number of activities related to the Senses and then had an exciting experiment at the end. The children wanted me to send the recipe home. It would have to be done by an adult but it was fun to watch.
1. You need a tall glass cylinder or bottle.
2. Pour hydrogen peroxide in the cyclinder.
3. Add a little dish soap and food coloring and stir.
4. Mix water and yeast equal parts.
5. Add the yeast mixture to the cyclinder and step back.
The retirement tea for teachers from Connaught went very well. I was pleased to see so many children come to sing for Mrs. Morrison at the event. Thank you.
I will add some photos from the Worlds Unbound and the Retirement Tea.
The children really enjoyed the K-2 Math Event last Wednesday. It was exciting to see so many families engaged with the math activities. Thank you for coming!
On Thursday April 12th we had a fabulous presentation on Insects by Dr. Stephen Heard, Biology Dept. UNB. The children saw two insect displays with a variety of interesting and colorful bugs. We had an excellent power point geared to their level of reading. The children were very happy to be able to read some of the questions. They also had the opportunity to hold real Stick Bugs. The photos below show how excited the children were to hold the bugs! I am attaching their thank you letter to Steve.
We had a great trip to Odell Park last Tuesday. I appreciate all of the volunteers help. It was a beautiful day. Please see attached photos.
Yesterday we had another exciting event. Sparky the robot Fire Dog came to visit. Sparky answered questions about fire safety and reminded the children that they should check with their parents about their home excape plan, outside meeting place and to see whether their smoke alarms have been checked lately. Today we talked about the visit again and then several children chose to draw and write about Sparky.
During writing workshop I ask them to draw a picture about something that has happened in their lives and it can be something special like Sparky's visit or perhaps playing smurfs with your sister. The children are being taught to label their pictures and then write a sentence with help. When they label they write down all the sounds they hear when they slowly say the word, for example Sparky might be spelled in children's writing - Sprke or Srke or even just S. Any sound/letter writing is good. A sentence like I saw Sparky might be in children's writing - I s Sprke and often without spacing because they are so busy concentrating on the sounds they hear. In a few weeks some children will start adding sight works they know or can find on the word wall such as - to, is, in etc. Writing is an important focus and it helps in a big way with their reading skills. We are now starting easy readers. The children memorize them at first and eventually they learn a few sight words and start to sound out short 2 and 3 letter words such as sat.
Please keep reviewing the letter sounds with your children for homework. It is a big help!!
A note is going home tomorrow about Halloween. I hope to see some of you at Spookarama on Saturday!
The children had a great time on their apple picking trip. Thank you to all of the volunteers!! We had a day full of adventures. We started out on a wagon ride which gave the children a tour of the land and buildings which have been part of the Everett family farm for over 200 years. We had a perfect day for picking apples and we were back in time to do the Terry Fox Walk around the block.