HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD
Good nutrition is essential for your child to develop a healthy mind and body. Make sure your child has a good breakfast before coming to school, and that they bring a healthy snack and lunch to school. It is also important that your child gets a good night’s sleep.
If your child has allergies, hearing loss, impaired vision, or and other medical condition please let me know as soon as possible. If your child is absent for any reason please call the school in the morning, and then send a note with your child upon his/her return to school
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me as soon as possible. You can reach me at the school in the morning between 8:15 and 8:45, and after school between 3:00 and 4:00.
A BRIEF OVERVIEW FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER
The themes for these two months are Friends and All About Me. These themes will be integrated into all areas of the curriculum. The children will be given an opportunity to explore their own thoughts, feelings, talents, and what makes them special. They will also reflect on the qualities necessary to form good relationships and friendships with others.
guided reading of short stories and poetry, on theme based literature, in small groups and as a class. We will be focusing on reading strategies such as prediction, reading to find out, new vocabulary, discussion of story through questioning, forming opinions based on the story, oral and silent reading, reading in groups and with a partner.
The children will be involved in the home reading program, and will complete book reports for the books they read. Once a week the children will read with their grade 6 reading buddy.
reinforce, strengthen, and improve upon writing in complete sentences. We will continue working on improving printing skills. The spelling program will introduce the children to spelling of a new group of words each week. We will be following the writing process in creative writing.
the children will be involved in a variety of patterning activities. We will work on addition and subtraction of facts to ten. We will also complete a unit on geometry. Every morning the children will be given a word problem to solve based on the current unit being covered in math.
we will be studying matter
will be working on mapping skills
daily prayer in the morning, at lunch, and at the end of the day. The children will help prepare for the school mass when it is the grade two mass. The text we will be using is called Catholic Reflections with supplemental lessons from Christ Our Life. The theme for unit one is God is the Giver of Gifts. The children will continue to partake in classes from the Good Shepherd Program each Tuesday with Mrs. Young.
children will explore who they are through art. Such as drawing self-portraits, making collages (banner) representing their personal qualities.
Gym– is every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Children are required to have a full gym strip (runners, shorts, and t-shirt). If possible they should wear their shorts and t-shirt under their uniforms. Runners are kept in a bag here at school. If your child cannot participate in gym class please send a note with your child excusing him/her. Children are asked to have their P.E. strip at school each day because they will be partaking in Daily Physical Activity (D.P.A.)
Library– is every Monday. Children are asked to return their books on time.
Music– is every Monday and Wednesday.
S.Q.U.I.R.T.- (Super Quiet Uninterrupted Individual Reading Time) is daily from 11:40-12:00. Children may bring a book from home to read or they may select a book from our classroom library.
Home Reading Program– the children will be required to enter all the books they read in their reading logs. Your child will have a duotang in which they are to record all the books they read. Your child should read between 20-25 books per month. From these books they will choose 10 to write book reports for. Book reports will be written in a notebook, following the monthly outline. For just the month of September, I am only asking that the students complete 5 book reports. This will give students the chance to learn how to properly complete the assignments. It is expected that parents assist/guide their child with this work to ensure that what their writing is clear and that they are working to the best of their ability. These monthly activities are intended to reinforce the reading strategies that we cover in class as they each focus on a different reading strategy.
Spelling Program– every Monday I will introduce a list of words that contain vowel sounds or spelling patterns. The children will bring their spelling notebooks home on Wednesday. The children are encouraged to practice the words that might be causing difficulties. A spelling test will be given on Friday to determine that the words have been learned.
Homework-. Homework will be the home reading program, to study for the weekly spelling test, to finish any work not finished in class, and to practice basic math facts (i.e. addition and subtraction). Homework should be done somewhere quiet, with no distractions, so your child will be able to concentrate.
Special Person– every day one child from the class is the special person. This child helps with the calendar activities and have the opportunity to bring in a special item to share with the class.