Here’s What We’re Learning:
Unit of Inquiry Focus:
With a successful 100th Day Celebration on Friday, we have finished up our Unit of Inquiry about ‘WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE & TIME’ – “People express themselves through traditions and celebrations.”
This week we will begin our new unit about ‘HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES’ – “Farm systems support people.” where we will explore the different systems needed to get the foods we eat and products we own into our homes. For more information about this unit, please see the unit letter that will go home in the blue folder on Monday.
Learner Profile of the Week: Throughout this new Unit of Inquiry, we will focus on the Learner Profiles of Knowledgeable and Thinkers. In addition, we will work on understanding being Reflective and this will help us to work on editing pieces of work and also considering how our actions affect others.
Letter Focus: This week we will complete the remaining uppercase letters and begin a review of the whole uppercase alphabet. We will review both formation of the letters and their sounds.
Writing – Students will continue to write about every day events. We will work on editing these pieces to add extra details or pages, go back and correct sight words and reflect on our own work using a checklist.
Reading – We have been learning to choose “just right” books. Some important things we have discussed include: interest in the book, ability to read and figure out almost all of the words, understanding what he or she is reading (can tell you what the story is about or what he or she is learning) and can read fairly smoothly. If your child is stumbling over many words, she or he will not be able to focus on reading for understanding yet. When choosing a book, students are learning to:
Pick up a book that looks interesting
Look at the cover and the pictures inside
Read a little in the book
Think, “Does it feel right?”
Math Focus: We will continue working on math folders which focus on different math skills. We will also be exploring materials and using them to guide our inquiry into measurement, geometry, counting and operations.
Updates for this Week:
- Thank you for helping your child prepare for the 100th Day of School Celebration. Students had so much fun planning for this celebration. In addition to preparing their 100th day shirt, they decorated the classroom with 100 balloons, pictures with 100 tiny pictures and bags filled with 100 items from the classroom. They also cut out and hid a total of 500 numbers for the game they had planned called ‘Treasure Hunt’. They visited all kindergarten classes who had each prepared a different activity and each student had a part in explaining our own game of ‘Treasure Hunt’ to their peers. We ended the day with dropping 100 balloons from the ceiling and enjoying some yummy cupcakes. It was a fun day had by all!
- Our class will be making an art piece for the upcoming Art Auction. For this project, we will require all types of bottle caps. I’d appreciate it if you can send in any spare caps (both metal & plastic – all sizes) you find rather than throwing them in the trash. Thank you!
- Due to the upcoming CNY holiday from February 15th to 23rd, there will be no ASA on February 12, 13 or 14.
- To celebrate Chinese New Year, we will wear red or traditional Chinese clothing on February 13th. Here are the assembly details:
- A Note From Ms. Knight:
Thank you to those that joined me Thursday morning for the Reading Development in the Early Years parent coffee. I hope you walked away with a better understanding of reading development and our program, as well as some useful ways to help your young reader. A great additional resource is the Nightly Reading homework: Best Practice for Parents video. You can access this by clicking here. (Please note you will need a VPN.)
Your child’s teacher is always the best source of information specific to your child’s individual progress. I am always happy to speak to you regarding child development and literacy. If you are looking for further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Heather Knight (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ECE Vice Principal
- If your child will be missing school due to departing early or returning late before/after the CNY holiday, please let both myself and Angela in Transportation know. Thank you to those parents who have already informed us. Also, if your child will be going on a playdate, both the sending and receiving parent should confirm this. Thank you for your help with this.
- Students still go outdoors for recess during the cold weather. Please send appropriate clothing for outdoor play including hat, scarf and mittens/gloves.
- Please remember that you can send library books back any day of the week but our book swap days are only on Days 4 and 8.
- The next Passport Club days will occur on the following Tuesdays – March 20th, April 17th and May 22nd.