Oki, Tansi, Hello Families,

My thoughts and well wishes are with each of you as we move through this new and challenging time in our lives. I hope that everyone is healthy, supported, and has access to the tools that are needed.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about anything and I will answer them as best I can or direct you to someone who can help.

As we move into online learning, I wanted to share some updates.  We will be utilizing Google Classroom and Google Meet to support student's learning.  Google Meet is an online video chat where we can all say hello, smudge, do individualized assessments, or share a story.  Google Classroom is where online lessons and assignments will be shared.  Lessons and work will be up Monday April 20.  We are taking into consideration families' technological needs, so there is no need to worry about materials or having access to a printer.  We are still waiting on further instructions from the CBE regarding sending home paper packages. Guardians will receive information today via email regarding students gmail accounts and passwords. PLEASE CHANGE YOUR CHILD'S PASSWORD AFTER YOU HAVE LOGGED IN.  Your child will receive invites to their homeroom classroom, reading group class/ teacher, and math group/teacher.  If there are any issues, please contact me as soon as possible.

In your email that you receive today, there is also an attachment pertaining to your child's Raz-Kids account.  This an excellent site that allows children to read books at their level and improve reading, listening, and comprehension skills. Please log in using the username and password that has been emailed to you and explore the books and read-a-louds. Children are to choose a book at their level from the "Level Up" tab; this is the area designed to target each child's current reading level. With each book selection there is a read-a-loud version, an ordinary book version, and other activities  Feel free to explore and see how the website works, targeted work will be assigned in the future.  The "Reading Room" is a fun area for students to check out a huge selection of books in many genres. Let me know if you have any questions about this site! For login instructions and information, please see the email attachment you received.

Some important links:

http://www.meet.google.com

/http://www.classroom.google.co...

www.kidsa-z.com (Raz-Kids login page)


I hope everyone stays safe and healthy.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.


Warm wishes,


Lauren




Oki, Tansi, Hello families,

I hope everyone finds this post well and that you are all healthy and safe. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have during this time and I will try to answer them as best I can; we are still learning more ourselves day by day.  It was nice to speak with most of you today.  If I was not able to get ahold of you, I did send an email, so please touch base with me so we can have a quick conversation about your child.

As stated, we will be using this blog to post weekly updates regarding what children can be working on in literacy, numeracy, and other subject areas.  I have also created a tentative day plan you can use if you like.  If closures continue after Spring Break ends, this blog will continue to be updated on Mondays with new information and resources.

Schedule:

Time

Activity

Outcome

8:30-9:00

Breakfast/ Smudge

Connecting with Family and Spirit

9:00-10:30

Literacy (Read Aloud, Vocabulary/ Book Talk)

Please watch the read aloud of “The Snail and the Whale”

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZAtKDaFU6c

This is a story that explores the physical beauty of the world and the beauty in helping others. It is about a snail who longs to see the world, so he hitches a ride on the tail of a whale. Together they go on a journey and see icebergs, volcanoes, sharks, and penguins. The snail gets to see how big and beautiful the world really is. The whale becomes beached and the snail gets people together to help save him.

Vocabulary words to explore with your child:

·      Gazed

·      Flock

·      Sighed

·      Lift

·      Immensely

·      Towering

·      Arched

·      Frolicked

·      Vast

·      tide

10:30-11:00

Snack/ Movement Break

Please refer to the gonoodle link as listed below – there are lots of videos to choose from and children love them!

11:00-11:30

Numeracy (Adding and Subtracting, Number Sense to 20, Counting to 100 in ones, tens, and fives)

Please refer to Miss Kelly’s blog if your student is in her group.

My group has been working with adding and subtracting numbers within 15 (smaller numbers if your child is having difficulty). Please find something your child can use as a counter (lego, crayons, etc).  Children have also been taught to make dots to help them solve problems.

We are also working on number sense up to 20 (building, writing, and representing) and counting to 100 by ones, fives, and tens.

I will send out a few worksheets in the next couple days. The websites listed below are also great tools to use to aid in learning. I've also attached a couple of counting videos we have used in class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

11:30-12:00

Creative Time

There are a variety of things students can do including:

crafts, baking, reading, building, drawing, etc (NO TECHNOLOGY)

12:00-1:00

Lunch

1:00-2:00

Exploration (Social Studies)

We have been learning about the community.  Have some fun exploring Google Earth and searching for:

·      home

·      school

·      nearby landmarks

·      downtown landmarks

·      playgrounds

·      familiar places

·      police stations, hospitals, fire stations, etc

Writing topic: “When I grow up I want to be a….”

It is also VERY helpful to read with your child.  Every day we review sounds learned and children have been getting much practice in sounding out words.  Encourage them to read simple sentences to you and practice sounding out each word .  We are also working through the Dolch Sight Word list (we are currently in the pre-primer/ primer words).  It is also helpful to ask some comprehension questions about stories as well.

I will email out some numeracy pages so that children can practice adding and subtracting.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. I miss the children already and I hope to see them soon!


Sincerely,

Ms. Lauren 

Resource Links

Reading Resources:

Tumblebooks:

https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/

Username name: calgarypl

Password: sd19

Bookflix

http://www.learnalberta.ca/Search.aspx?search=bookflix&grade&subject&lang=en

Epic

https://www.getepic.com/

Make an account for free

ABCYA!

https://www.abcya.com/

Starfall

www.starfall.com 

Letter Recognition Games:

https://www.education.com/games/recognizing-letters/

Math Resources:

Prodigy.com

https://www.prodigygame.com/

Math Playground:

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Science Resources:

Nasa Kids Club:

https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

National Geographic Kids

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Switcheroo zoo

https://www.switchzoo.com/

Body Breaks:

Gonoodle.com

https://app.gonoodle.com/

(youtube.com also has free gonoodle videos)

Cosmickids yoga

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Social Studies Resources:

Google Earth

https://www.google.com/earth/


Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!

My name is Miss Roselyn and I am the temporary teacher filling in until Ms. Lauren returns. I have been enjoying every moment of getting to know the staff and students around this wonderful school!

In my literacy group, we have been continuing on with the Jolly Phonics program to review letter sounds and blends on a daily basis. We have also been using other resources including books, videos and activities in addition to this program and are currently focusing on the /sh/, /ch/, and /th/ sounds. 

   


In my math group, we have continued to practice our counting from 0-100 every day. This week, we introduced the number line as a math strategy and have been talking about and practicing what it means when we say, “one more” or “one less” than a given number, focusing on numbers between 0-20.

Finally, we have just recently started our new Social Studies unit on Community, and have been talking about what it means to be a part of a community, and how Mother Earth, Na’a fits in as well. We have focused on school and neighbourhood communities, and have been exploring Google Earth as one tool that helps us navigate communities around the world.

This upcoming Thursday, January 30, 2020, my class and Ms. Nicole’s Grade 1 class will be going on a Community Walk Field Trip (within walking distance) to explore and make observations about the community surrounding our school. I have attached the Community Walk Field Trip Parent Letter, which was sent home with students on Monday, January 27.

Important Dates:

January 30, 2020 – Gr. 1 Community Walk #1

January 31, 2020 – Non-Instructional Day for all students

February 11, 2020 – Gr. 1 Community Walk #2

February 13, 2020 – Teacher’s Convention (NO SCHOOL)

February 14, 2020 – Teacher’s Convention (NO SCHOOL)




Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone,

I hope that everyone had a restful October break.  We have been so fortunate to have had some sunny autumn weather and have been outside enjoying it when we can.  October was a busy month filled with fall colours and elder visits. As we move into November, the weather is turning chilly.  Please remember to send your child in appropriate clothing (hats, gloves, etc) as we often go outside.  We are also looking forward to a drumming residency the first week of November and have started our Hoop Dancing club Mondays at lunch.

In October, we continued our work with number sense, focusing on numbers 0-20 counting forwards and backwards. We have also been starting to count in tens up to one hundred and noticing patterns on our hundreds chart. Children have been enjoying some new math centers in which they are building numbers, practicing printing numerals, and playing ten frames games with friends. We will be moving into adding in November.

In literacy, we have been continuing on with the Jolly Phonics program and just recently learned /ai/ sound.  Every day, children either focus on a new sound or sight word and work through it in reading groups.  Each day there is a new morning message and we read if all together, finding familiar sight words and learning how to read new words by blending the sounds we know.  It is excellent practice at home to read to your child and help them sound out words/ recognize words that are very common (sight words - "the", "to", etc).  We will be continuing on with this program through November.

Important Dates

November 7: Remembrance Day assembly (11:00am)

November 8: Grandmother Tea Ceremony in the afternoon (please contact the office to RSVP)

November 11: Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL)

November 14: Photo retakes


Have a great week!


Ms. Lauren



Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!

Welcome to a new school year.  I am very excited for the opportunity to teach Grade 1 at this wonderful school.  We have had a busy start to the year learning new routines and making new friends.  Grade 1 is often a hard transition from Kindergarten as there is more work and more expectations. Children have also begun targeted reading and math groups that run Monday- Thursday with Ms. Kelly. 

Children in my reading group have been spending time learning initial sounds in the Jolly Phonics program.  We just learned /u/ and enjoy following along with the songs and actions.  We are also learning sight words and are reading sentences every day.  Children are being taught to blend learned sounds into simple words such as "cat", "mat", etc.  We often play sight word bingo and go on word hunts to help us learn words and sounds. 

Sketching in our garden

Math has been a focus on number recognition up to 10 (higher for some) and recognizing groups of objects instantly (subitizing).  There have been a variety of games and centers to help solidify this. Subitizing Go Fish is a game we are currently enjoying. Children are also working on their 1:1 correspondence skills and counting objects.  As we move into October, there will be a focus on building numbers and learning how to add.

Our science exploration has taken outside to see the changing seasons and learn about colour mixing.  We have enjoyed working with fall colours and making some beautiful art for our classroom! We will continue on with colours and seasons for the next few months.

Reminders:

We go outside every day, so please bring appropriate clothing to school for your child.

We have a morning and afternoon snack break, please provide a snack if possible.

Agendas are used as a home-school communication book.  I check them every day.

Parent-teacher interviews are Thursday October 10 4:30-7:00 and Friday October 11 9:00-12:00

There is NO SCHOOL Monday October 14- 18.  Classes resume the following Monday.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  Have a great week!

Ms. Lauren


Ms. Lauren

Oki, Tansi, Hello Families,

My thoughts and well wishes are with each of you as we move through this new and challenging time in our lives. I hope that everyone is healthy, supported, and has access to the tools that are needed.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about anything and I will answer them as best I can or direct you to someone who can help.

As we move into online learning, I wanted to share some updates.  We will be utilizing Google Classroom and Google Meet to support student's learning.  Google Meet is an online video chat where we can all say hello, smudge, do individualized assessments, or share a story.  Google Classroom is where online lessons and assignments will be shared.  Lessons and work will be up Monday April 20.  We are taking into consideration families' technological needs, so there is no need to worry about materials or having access to a printer.  We are still waiting on further instructions from the CBE regarding sending home paper packages. Guardians will receive information today via email regarding students gmail accounts and passwords. PLEASE CHANGE YOUR CHILD'S PASSWORD AFTER YOU HAVE LOGGED IN.  Your child will receive invites to their homeroom classroom, reading group class/ teacher, and math group/teacher.  If there are any issues, please contact me as soon as possible.

In your email that you receive today, there is also an attachment pertaining to your child's Raz-Kids account.  This an excellent site that allows children to read books at their level and improve reading, listening, and comprehension skills. Please log in using the username and password that has been emailed to you and explore the books and read-a-louds. Children are to choose a book at their level from the "Level Up" tab; this is the area designed to target each child's current reading level. With each book selection there is a read-a-loud version, an ordinary book version, and other activities  Feel free to explore and see how the website works, targeted work will be assigned in the future.  The "Reading Room" is a fun area for students to check out a huge selection of books in many genres. Let me know if you have any questions about this site! For login instructions and information, please see the email attachment you received.

Some important links:

http://www.meet.google.com

/http://www.classroom.google.co...

www.kidsa-z.com (Raz-Kids login page)


I hope everyone stays safe and healthy.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.


Warm wishes,


Lauren




Oki, Tansi, Hello families,

I hope everyone finds this post well and that you are all healthy and safe. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have during this time and I will try to answer them as best I can; we are still learning more ourselves day by day.  It was nice to speak with most of you today.  If I was not able to get ahold of you, I did send an email, so please touch base with me so we can have a quick conversation about your child.

As stated, we will be using this blog to post weekly updates regarding what children can be working on in literacy, numeracy, and other subject areas.  I have also created a tentative day plan you can use if you like.  If closures continue after Spring Break ends, this blog will continue to be updated on Mondays with new information and resources.

Schedule:

Time

Activity

Outcome

8:30-9:00

Breakfast/ Smudge

Connecting with Family and Spirit

9:00-10:30

Literacy (Read Aloud, Vocabulary/ Book Talk)

Please watch the read aloud of “The Snail and the Whale”

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZAtKDaFU6c

This is a story that explores the physical beauty of the world and the beauty in helping others. It is about a snail who longs to see the world, so he hitches a ride on the tail of a whale. Together they go on a journey and see icebergs, volcanoes, sharks, and penguins. The snail gets to see how big and beautiful the world really is. The whale becomes beached and the snail gets people together to help save him.

Vocabulary words to explore with your child:

·      Gazed

·      Flock

·      Sighed

·      Lift

·      Immensely

·      Towering

·      Arched

·      Frolicked

·      Vast

·      tide

10:30-11:00

Snack/ Movement Break

Please refer to the gonoodle link as listed below – there are lots of videos to choose from and children love them!

11:00-11:30

Numeracy (Adding and Subtracting, Number Sense to 20, Counting to 100 in ones, tens, and fives)

Please refer to Miss Kelly’s blog if your student is in her group.

My group has been working with adding and subtracting numbers within 15 (smaller numbers if your child is having difficulty). Please find something your child can use as a counter (lego, crayons, etc).  Children have also been taught to make dots to help them solve problems.

We are also working on number sense up to 20 (building, writing, and representing) and counting to 100 by ones, fives, and tens.

I will send out a few worksheets in the next couple days. The websites listed below are also great tools to use to aid in learning. I've also attached a couple of counting videos we have used in class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

11:30-12:00

Creative Time

There are a variety of things students can do including:

crafts, baking, reading, building, drawing, etc (NO TECHNOLOGY)

12:00-1:00

Lunch

1:00-2:00

Exploration (Social Studies)

We have been learning about the community.  Have some fun exploring Google Earth and searching for:

·      home

·      school

·      nearby landmarks

·      downtown landmarks

·      playgrounds

·      familiar places

·      police stations, hospitals, fire stations, etc

Writing topic: “When I grow up I want to be a….”

It is also VERY helpful to read with your child.  Every day we review sounds learned and children have been getting much practice in sounding out words.  Encourage them to read simple sentences to you and practice sounding out each word .  We are also working through the Dolch Sight Word list (we are currently in the pre-primer/ primer words).  It is also helpful to ask some comprehension questions about stories as well.

I will email out some numeracy pages so that children can practice adding and subtracting.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. I miss the children already and I hope to see them soon!


Sincerely,

Ms. Lauren 

Resource Links

Reading Resources:

Tumblebooks:

https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/

Username name: calgarypl

Password: sd19

Bookflix

http://www.learnalberta.ca/Search.aspx?search=bookflix&grade&subject&lang=en

Epic

https://www.getepic.com/

Make an account for free

ABCYA!

https://www.abcya.com/

Starfall

www.starfall.com 

Letter Recognition Games:

https://www.education.com/games/recognizing-letters/

Math Resources:

Prodigy.com

https://www.prodigygame.com/

Math Playground:

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Science Resources:

Nasa Kids Club:

https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

National Geographic Kids

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Switcheroo zoo

https://www.switchzoo.com/

Body Breaks:

Gonoodle.com

https://app.gonoodle.com/

(youtube.com also has free gonoodle videos)

Cosmickids yoga

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Social Studies Resources:

Google Earth

https://www.google.com/earth/


Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!

My name is Miss Roselyn and I am the temporary teacher filling in until Ms. Lauren returns. I have been enjoying every moment of getting to know the staff and students around this wonderful school!

In my literacy group, we have been continuing on with the Jolly Phonics program to review letter sounds and blends on a daily basis. We have also been using other resources including books, videos and activities in addition to this program and are currently focusing on the /sh/, /ch/, and /th/ sounds. 

   


In my math group, we have continued to practice our counting from 0-100 every day. This week, we introduced the number line as a math strategy and have been talking about and practicing what it means when we say, “one more” or “one less” than a given number, focusing on numbers between 0-20.

Finally, we have just recently started our new Social Studies unit on Community, and have been talking about what it means to be a part of a community, and how Mother Earth, Na’a fits in as well. We have focused on school and neighbourhood communities, and have been exploring Google Earth as one tool that helps us navigate communities around the world.

This upcoming Thursday, January 30, 2020, my class and Ms. Nicole’s Grade 1 class will be going on a Community Walk Field Trip (within walking distance) to explore and make observations about the community surrounding our school. I have attached the Community Walk Field Trip Parent Letter, which was sent home with students on Monday, January 27.

Important Dates:

January 30, 2020 – Gr. 1 Community Walk #1

January 31, 2020 – Non-Instructional Day for all students

February 11, 2020 – Gr. 1 Community Walk #2

February 13, 2020 – Teacher’s Convention (NO SCHOOL)

February 14, 2020 – Teacher’s Convention (NO SCHOOL)




Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone,

I hope that everyone had a restful October break.  We have been so fortunate to have had some sunny autumn weather and have been outside enjoying it when we can.  October was a busy month filled with fall colours and elder visits. As we move into November, the weather is turning chilly.  Please remember to send your child in appropriate clothing (hats, gloves, etc) as we often go outside.  We are also looking forward to a drumming residency the first week of November and have started our Hoop Dancing club Mondays at lunch.

In October, we continued our work with number sense, focusing on numbers 0-20 counting forwards and backwards. We have also been starting to count in tens up to one hundred and noticing patterns on our hundreds chart. Children have been enjoying some new math centers in which they are building numbers, practicing printing numerals, and playing ten frames games with friends. We will be moving into adding in November.

In literacy, we have been continuing on with the Jolly Phonics program and just recently learned /ai/ sound.  Every day, children either focus on a new sound or sight word and work through it in reading groups.  Each day there is a new morning message and we read if all together, finding familiar sight words and learning how to read new words by blending the sounds we know.  It is excellent practice at home to read to your child and help them sound out words/ recognize words that are very common (sight words - "the", "to", etc).  We will be continuing on with this program through November.

Important Dates

November 7: Remembrance Day assembly (11:00am)

November 8: Grandmother Tea Ceremony in the afternoon (please contact the office to RSVP)

November 11: Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL)

November 14: Photo retakes


Have a great week!


Ms. Lauren



Oki, Tansi, Hello everyone!

Welcome to a new school year.  I am very excited for the opportunity to teach Grade 1 at this wonderful school.  We have had a busy start to the year learning new routines and making new friends.  Grade 1 is often a hard transition from Kindergarten as there is more work and more expectations. Children have also begun targeted reading and math groups that run Monday- Thursday with Ms. Kelly. 

Children in my reading group have been spending time learning initial sounds in the Jolly Phonics program.  We just learned /u/ and enjoy following along with the songs and actions.  We are also learning sight words and are reading sentences every day.  Children are being taught to blend learned sounds into simple words such as "cat", "mat", etc.  We often play sight word bingo and go on word hunts to help us learn words and sounds. 

Sketching in our garden

Math has been a focus on number recognition up to 10 (higher for some) and recognizing groups of objects instantly (subitizing).  There have been a variety of games and centers to help solidify this. Subitizing Go Fish is a game we are currently enjoying. Children are also working on their 1:1 correspondence skills and counting objects.  As we move into October, there will be a focus on building numbers and learning how to add.

Our science exploration has taken outside to see the changing seasons and learn about colour mixing.  We have enjoyed working with fall colours and making some beautiful art for our classroom! We will continue on with colours and seasons for the next few months.

Reminders:

We go outside every day, so please bring appropriate clothing to school for your child.

We have a morning and afternoon snack break, please provide a snack if possible.

Agendas are used as a home-school communication book.  I check them every day.

Parent-teacher interviews are Thursday October 10 4:30-7:00 and Friday October 11 9:00-12:00

There is NO SCHOOL Monday October 14- 18.  Classes resume the following Monday.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  Have a great week!

Ms. Lauren


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