Starting next week we will be reading the Matilda novel every Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. Each day we will read one chapter and do the assignments. Today we completed the chapter "Miss Honey".
Many students are enjoying our cursive unit! So far we have practiced the letters:
a,c,g,d,h,t,p,e and l. We have been doing daily cursive practice and many students are asking if they are allowed to practice at home:) I would love for students to be practicing at home! Here is a link that you can go to print off cursive practice sheets:
Please also print off the Handwriting Without Tears "Teaching Cursive Step by Step" sheet. This is the same method I am using in class.
Also see the website for more information and downloads:
Please remind your child about their posture and pencil grip! For those students who see an Orton Gillingham tutor please encourage the tutor to teach some of the OG ways of doing cursive and even multiplication! It is a very visual and hands on approach!
To find the optional calendars please go to the "More" tab and click on "Optional Homework Calendar Blog"
Optional Homework Calendars will be posted on the blog every month. There is a little ‘job’ to be done each day that should take fifteen minutes (or less), plus the daily reading.
It is really important that your child reads at home each day. Just as children improve in sports and music with lots of practice - becoming a good reader takes lots of practice, too.
Another important thing that you can do is to read to him/her each day. Children who have had books read to them have a huge advantage in school. This is especially important if your child is not yet reading fluently.
The daily homework items on the calendar are meant to be suggestions. If your child finds the daily work too difficult to do on his/her own, have fun doing it together.
Make homework time a happy time! If it is something the child enjoys, the benefits are much greater.
Over the next few weeks, your child will be learning multiplication to 9X9=81. Your child will use a variety of strategies to learn and remember these facts, so that your child will either recall or be able to apply a strategy to find each fact.
To reinforce the concepts your child is learning at school, you and your child can work on some at-home activities such as these:
·Look for things that come in 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s and 9s, and then ask and answer questions such as, “Our house has 5 front steps. How many front steps would 6 houses like ours have?”
·Locate items that come in arrays and identify multiplication facts for each array. For example, a carton of eggs shows an array. The related facts are 2x6=12, 6x2=12
·If you have a pet, figure out the age of your pet in “human” years. Every year a cat lives, it ages 5 human years. Every year a dog lives, it ages 7 human years.
You may want to visit the Nelsom website at www.nelson.com/mathfocus for more suggestions to help your child learn mathematics and develop a positive attitude toward learning mathematics. As well, you can check the Nelson website for links to other websites that provide online tutorials, math problems, brainteasers, and challenges.
If you are interested in having your child participate for the Caribou Math Contests please let me know. I will pass on your child's name to Morah Lisa who has kindly set up the registration.
Please see the website for more information:
The contest will be held on laptops/computers in Morah Lisa's room on the following Wednesdays:
January 14, 2015
February 11, 2014
May 6, 2015
There is one date that we will not hold the contest since it is over Pesach break (April 1, 2015).
Today students were introduced to an exciting opportunity to test their Canadian geography skills. This challenge is entirely optional and aimed at students in Grades 4-6. Should they decide to, students will take a quiz about Canadian geography and the highest scorer per grade level will be chosen. Then, each of those students compete against one another and a school champion will be chosen. Each participant received a certificate and the school champion receives a medal and a year long subscription to Canadian Geographic magazine.
The test must be completed before March 1st, so there is plenty of time to practice. Students who are interested in signing up should tell me by Tuesday, November 18th. Then, I will ensure that they are provided with sample questions.
More details: http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/challenge/challenge.asp .
Today students will be bringing home their individual photo samples. Retakes will be taking place next Tuesday.
The Jewish Independent invites all young artists to participate in this year’s Chanukah Artwork Contest
Get your crayons, paint brushes and/or cameras out for a chance to have your artwork grace the cover of the
Jewish Independent’s 2014 Chanukah issue
• Open to artists up to Grade 7 or 13 years of age.
• Your creation should be about 8” x 11” (vertical).
• When designing your artwork, please remember that the Jewish Independent logo will run across the top of the page.
• Include your name, age, phone number and name of school on a separate piece of paper along with your entry.
Mail your artwork to:
P.O. Box 47100 RPO City Square
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 4L6