Hello! What a grey and rainy week we had but it was filled with lots of exciting learning!
Before we get started, let me remind you of our Parent Teacher Conferences next week. If you haven’t signed up yet, please use this link: https://forms.gle/uPcrpojcK8VNA3NG8 and if none of the remaining time slots work for you, please send me an email and we’ll make alternate arrangements.
Now, onto our week!
We had an exciting visit from The Toymaker to kick off our new unit. They brought us some brand new toys as well as some toys that had gone into storage when we moved schools. With these new toys, we put some of our lesser-used toys away to keep play in the classroom fresh.
We had a great show and tell when the students brought their toys. You can view all 11 minutes of it at this link: https://youtu.be/1RbRZsNZRX0. It is an unlisted video so it cannot be found without the direct link.
We also watched the book Kipper’s Toy Box on YouTube and thought about ways we could catalogue our toys. We decided to take photos and put them on a poster. The students took the photos themselves and did their best writing the names of the toys using phonics at their level. Now we’ve got a great display of What’s in our Toybox. A featured toy in Kipper’s Toy Box was the Sock Thing so today we made sock puppets!
I’d also like to welcome Sheherazade back to our class who brought us a book in French from her travels abroad to enjoy. Ms. M pulled out her rusty French and read and translated the story for the class. I really had to use my growth mindset to not feel silly when I made mistakes in my reading after all these years!
In Phonics we worked on letters, short Ditties, and Ditty Stories each 1:1 and at the students’ appropriate level. For those students receiving a photocopy Ditty in their homework bag, I have highlighted “Hold a Sentence” at the bottom which is the sentence we have used for dictation. Feel free to practice writing that sentence (without looking, by sounding it out) or any other sentence from the sheet. We also played some Phonics bingo as a treat! We had a CVC word group and an alphabet group. The students had great fun.
In Maths we’re looking at the numbers 6, 7, and 8. We also practiced 1 more and 1 less within the numbers 0-8. We’ll be continuing with these numbers next week. During our whole-group learning we sang the song One Man Went to Mow to practice one more and one less. We had 7 students to participate. We also sang There Was One in the Bed and used a life-sized 10 frame to help us count down from a perfect 8 students present to 0. It was great fun.
For homework this week, why don’t you try cataloguing part of your toys. You could take photos or draw them and write what they are like we did in class. I imagine you have a lot of toys so perhaps you only want to pick one category (like stuffies, or cars). If you have TOO MANY, choose a reasonable amount such as 6 – 10 of your favourites and work with those.
But more importantly than that: if the weather clears up, go outside and play. We’ve been inside at school all week and I can imagine you have been at home as well. As soon as it’s nice enough to go to the park, do it! This necessary physical play time is in my mind the most important homework you can do this week!