Sunday, September 9, 2018

Week 4

A big thank you to those of you who attended our Back to School night last week and our BBQ on Saturday! The power point and syllabus from Back to School night was sent you you via email if you'd like to review it.  

Take a look at our photos below where you'll see that buttons were a big part of our learning in math and literacy last week. We read button books, compared, sorted, and counted buttons in different ways, and built bar graphs from the number of buttons we were wearing to school. We found a dragon fly in our classroom and we enjoyed observing it through our classroom magnifying glass. Our second Star Student had a fun week!

Students came up with our classroom rules in order of importance:
1. Be ready to learn
2. Be safe
3. Be nice to everyone
4. Be clean and tidy

A peek at next week:
Word Focus: We will review the sounds /h/, /r/, /m/, and /d/. Our sight words are was, to and do. 
Reading: Students will learn to think about what kind of words they might see in the book before reading, learn to build stamina by focusing on reading for longer periods of time, refocus by going back and rereading to remember the last part they read, and learn more from books by rereading with a storyteller voice. We are retelling using the words beginning, middle, and end. Students will be reading independently in cozy reading spots this week.
Writing: Students will write show and tell books about important places, make time for drawing AND writing, and learn to add longer labels to bring pages to life.
Math: We will be finishing up our unit on counting and comparing. Students will review numbers and values from zero to ten, counting on; counting using a chart, and use the words more, fewer, equal, how many more, You can help your child be counting and comparing objects at home or even in the care when driving.
Social Studies: Students will review good choices and bad choices, discuss manners, and be introduced to Kelso’s choices including the differences between a small problem and a big problem.

Home Learning

Learning is for life, and balanced school-learning and home-learning
is important to a learner’s development.

Your child brought a green Take Home Folder on Friday. The front pocket is for home learning through the week. The back pocket is for things to keep at home. There are helpful tools inside the folder for your child along with a reading log. You and/or your child will tally each book read for the week. This also acts as a record of the number of books your child reads throughout the year. Please write any comments in the comment section and I will respond to you. The Take Home folder has a letter with information and some ways to support your child this year in first grade. The Take Home Folder remains at home all week and is returned to school on Thursdays, our short days, with home learning work, books and the plastic book bag. Students will bring it back home on Fridays with new books and possibly work for home learning.

At AISB we want students to love learning, and to enjoy practicing what they have learned and
sharing their learning with their parents and families. We also want students to understand that
learning doesn’t stop when school stops; and we recognize that there is more to learn in life
than the things we teach in school.

Most children will benefit from home learning occasionally, especially if it is designed
to target individual and specific learning needs. For this reason, we take an individualized
approach to home learning for our students in Elementary. We plan learning to ensure that,
most of the time, your child does the learning and gets the regular practice he/she needs during
school time. Where it seems that practice outside school will benefit the child, we assign it.
Your child may or may not have work in his/her Take Home Folder in first grade. Any home
learning will usually be individualized to meet the needs of your child.


We embrace the importance of working with each child’s particular learning needs, while
leaving time for families of young children to be together, without the added pressure of
thinking “but I have to do my homework.” At AISB, we encourage all our families to be in
touch with us whenever parents have information that can help us to help your children’s
learning.

Reading at home can be a big contributor to developing early literacy. At AISB,

Elementary teachers encourage students and families to make reading a regular and enjoyable part of evening routines, including reading in the primary language of the family.

Here are articles on reading and the importance of Mother Tongue:
How Reading 20 Minutes Per Day Impacts Your Child
     Why is Mother Tongue So Important?



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