School Calendar

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Subitizing!

Subitizing is the ability to identify a quantity quickly without counting (for example, recognizing the dice pattern for 5).

The ability to subitize is an important part of developing a strong mathematical foundation and understanding of number (Baroody 1987, 115).

The following is an interesting website that highlights the importance of subitizing. 

Counting with Your Eyes


To practice subtilizing at home there are a variety of "subitizing slideshows" available online. Below are a few that we use at school.

Subitizing Slideshow 1


Subitizing Slideshow 2


Jack Hartman Subitizing Song



Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Outdoor Play!

Today we celebrated "Take Me Outside" Day! As you know we love playing outside and we make an effort every day to enjoy some Outdoor Learning and Discovery Time. Ensuring that your child is properly dressed for the weather with boots, a warm coat, hats and mitts will greatly improve their enjoyment of our Outside Time. 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Learning Letters and Sounds

We are working hard in SK and Grade 1 learning our letters and sounds. You can help reinforce this learning at home in a number of ways. Consider encouraging your child to do the following:
  • Look for familiar letters on signs and in books.
  • Practice making the sound(s) that each letter makes. 
  • Practice printing the letters.
  • Listen to the letter songs. Here are a few of the ones we love!
            Jolly Phonics Letter Songs

            Have Fun Teaching Letter Songs

            ABC Mouse Songs

            Jack Hartmann Letter Songs

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The "Green Zone"

We have done a lot of talking the last two weeks about how we are feeling and what "zone" we are in. The zones are as follows:

Blue - sad or tired
Yellow - excited or nervous
Green - happy or calm
Red - angry or frustrated

Our goal for optimum learning is the "Green Zone". In the "Green Zone" we feel happy, safe and ready to learn. We all are in different zones throughout the day and that is normal and ok. What we are working on is finding ways to get back into the "Green Zone" when we venture out of it. Some of the strategies to help us return to the "Green Zone" that we have discussed are taking some deep breaths, finding a quiet spot for some alone time, talking it out and counting to 10.

For more information on the "zones" click on the link below...

Information on the Zones of Regulation

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

How was school today?

Last week a letter went home with 12 questions to ask your child instead of "How Was School Today?" Here is another article on asking your child about their day!

https://www.scarymommy.com/why-ask-these-3-questions-every-day/




Friday, 7 September 2018

First Week of School!

I cannot believe we are already one week in! It has been a wonderful week and I hope your child is enjoying school as much as I am. However, if your child is as tired as I am here is an interesting article with some tips for parents...

http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2016/09/cope-school-meltdowns/


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Welcome to Kindergarten/Grade 1 in Room 13 at Rockwood!

The first week of school is a very exciting time! We see old friends that we have missed and we meet new friends and new teachers. We learn routines and enjoy exploring and playing in our classrooms and school yard. Bear with us as we may be very tired at the end of the day - students and teachers alike!

If you ask your child about what he/she did during the day and you get "Nothing" as a response, try a few of these questions:

- What did you play with today at school?
- Who did you play with today at school?
- Did you visit anywhere new in the school today?
- How did someone help you today?
- How did you help someone today?
- What made you happy today?