The FSA exams will be written on the following dates for 4B:
Monday Feb 1st
Thursday Feb 4th
Reading Comprehension booklet
Thursday Feb 11
Math Problem solving
Wednesday Feb 17
Tuesday Feb 16th
Thursday Feb. 18
Please see the follow link at the bottom for practice:
For your school district please enter Vancouver 39
Choose either grade 4 Reading or Grade 4 Numeracy (Language Arts or Math)
Scroll to the bottom and click Logon
There will be a sample test - THE LINK IS BELOW:)
Please come to school on Monday wearing Tu B’Shevat colours - green and brown, and even floral prints!
We are looking forward to celebrating the trees and appreciating our natural environment.
As the work becomes more independent and critical thinking increases, having tools such as noise cancelling headphones has been researched to make tremendous improvements in many areas of learning. We have been lucky to receive a pair of excellent noise reduction headphones for each student in grade 4! Please continue reading for some of the benefits below!
5 Benefits of Noise Cancelling Headphones for Kids
There are undoubtedly many and varied benefits to providing your child with some quiet time. If you cannot apply any soundproofing to the rooms in your home, then periodic use of some noise reducing earmuffs may be a good alternative. Let’s take a more detailed look at 5 of the common benefits:
1. Protect Developing Ears
Sound pressure from noise is amplified in the narrower developing ear canals of young children and babies, making them more sensitive and susceptible to hearing damage. Kids can perceive a noise to be up to 20 decibels louder than an adult. Hearing loss is cumulative and irreversible, and your child may not notice the effects until much later in life.
2. Provides Sensory breaks
Too much stimulation can be a harmful thing, especially for children with sensory conditions like Autism and ADHD. Headphones can provide a break from the stimulation, and prevent a ‘meltdown’ or sensory overload situation.
3. Helps to Calm Nervous and Uneasy Feelings
Some children feel nervous and uneasy when louder unfamiliar noises are present. What might seem like normal noise to the adult, might actually be perceived like ”nails on a chalkboard” to the child. If the noise reducing earmuffs work, it can actually help you and your child to visit and experience new places that might otherwise upset them.
4. Reduce Noise Related Stress
The calming effect of wearing noise cancelling headphones can also reduce the stress the child may be feeling. Loud or unpleasant sounds can largely be filtered out, and possibly will prevent outbursts and meltdowns.
5. Increase Focus
Reducing background noise and distractions can help children with auditory processing issues to focus. A pair of noise cancelling headphones for kids with this type of disorder can help them pick out the important sounds while filtering out the background noise. This can help the child with listening problems and also help improve their learning skills.
January Tips for Parents
A recipe for writing
Many ingredients go into good writing. And as with cooking, a small change can make a big difference in the end result. Your child can turn in writing assignments that are clearer and more interesting with winning ingredients like these.
Triple scoop words
Good writers keep their reader interested and to write in such a way as to not confuse them. Adrienne Gear is a teacher/language specialist that has several writing techniques that teach kids how to engage their reader, and to keep their writing organized. We will be talking about these techniques over the course of the year and putting them into practice as much as possible. In the upcoming weeks we will continue to talk about the writing technique of triple scoop words. One way that writers keep their readers engaged is by choosing interesting words that convey ideas and meaning more effectively than more simple words. I had them think about ice cream and how getting one scoop of ice cream is ok, but it doesn't make you excited or happy, it doesn't leave you satisfied, but if you got three giant scoops of ice cream with toppings you are way more excited and are totally satisfied with the amount of ice cream you received. The same goes with words in your writing, you can say something is fun, but the word fun is a little boring, it doesn't make the reader want to read more. However, the word entertaining or engaging or stupendous would be much more interesting. So we went through a bunch of single scoop words and came up with synonyms for those words (for older kids a Thesaurus would be a great tool to use), and wrote them down on a piece of paper to have for future reference. I was amazed at some of the words they were able to come up with.
Do many sentences in your child’s story begin with The or I? Suggest that they start each sentence with a different word. They could try, “Despite the rain, the band marched across the field” instead of “The band marched across the field even though it was raining.” Idea: Have them circle the first word of each sentence to spot repetition easily. Or if they are working on a computer, they can use the “find” feature to locate overused words.
When one paragraph flows smoothly into another, it makes your child’s whole story or report work better. One strategy is to start paragraphs with transition words like first, next, or finally. Or they might include an introductory phrase (“In the meantime,” “On the other side of town”). In a report, they could begin a paragraph by referring to the previous one: “Not only do birds’ feathers help them fly, but their bones are important for flight, too.”
Ask your child about the sentence tricks they are learning!
Success with tough words
When your child encounters a new word while reading, how can they figure out what it means? These strategies will make it easier for them to read unfamiliar words.
Say it. Sometimes your child won’t recognize a word in print, but they will know it if they say it aloud. Suggest that they sound out a tough word—that might jog their memory about how they have heard it used before.
Use surrounding words. Have them read the whole sentence or paragraph for clues to the word’s meaning. If they see “The students convened in the auditorium to hear the principal speak,” they can think about what word could replace convened. (“Gathered makes sense there--convened must mean gathered.”)
Come back to it. Can your child understand the rest of the page or paragraph without figuring out an unfamiliar word? Encourage them to jot down the word (along with the page number) and keep going. It might appear later in the chapter, and they may realize what it means in that sentence. If not, they can look it up in the glossary or dictionary. Once they know the meaning, they should re-read the original passage.
Two of the most important tools for students is editing and adding detail! Keep things creative and fresh!
VTT's Yachad theme this month is "Healthy Living". You can support this by emphasizing healthy eating and exercise at home. Having your child(ren) assist in planning, buying groceries for, and preparing healthy meals is a great way to teach healthy eating. You can ensure that your child gets plenty of exercise by engaging in whole-family activities (walking, jogging, biking, basketball, swimming, skiing, etc). Getting enough sleep and staying home when sick are also ways to reinforce healthy living.