W-I-T-S

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Today the children were introduced to the WITS program, a resource used at our school to deal with peer conflict.

We feel that it is important that children learn to advocate for themselves so that they can feel empowered in social situations.  We ask that children try to solve the problem by either walking away, ignoring, or talking it out.  This usually is all that is needed to resolve the issue.  If these tools don’t work, students can then seek help from an adult supervisor.  Feel free to check out www.witsprogram.ca for more information.

 


Numbers 1-9

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We have been learning to print our numbers 1-9 (by tracing along dotted lines) and have been working on recognizing them too.  The boys and girls are doing a great job with this!  I will be sending home a blue number fluency page tomorrow.  Please use this sheet to practice identifying numbers with your child.  We won’t all be able to do that yet but, with practice, we’ll all get there soon!  On the back of the page are the poems that we’ve been using to form our numbers.  Thank you so much for supporting our learning at home!


Bucket Filling

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Today the K-3 classes had a special assembly in the chapel where we learned about “bucket filling.”  The basic concept is that everyone has an invisible bucket.  We can fill someone else’s bucket by doing or saying kind things.  When we fill someone’s bucket we fill our bucket too and we feel happy.  If we say or do unkind things we are being bucket dippers.  When we dip from someone else’s bucket our bucket gets emptied too.

We also looked at the letters Y (you) – O (others) – J (Jesus) and found that when we arrange them in this order:

J (Jesus) – O (others) – Y (you)

It spells joy!


Important October Dates

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Where did September go?  Here we are ready to start October already!  The following are some important dates to mark on your calendar:

 

October 2 – due date for comfort kits

October 14 – Thanksgiving (no school)

October 22 – Individual Photo Day

October 28 – Pumpkin Patch fieldtrip (11am-1pm) – details to follow

October 30 – Fall Colour Dress Up Day

Note:  This is a day earlier than the rest of the primary department since we won’t be at school on the 31st.  Also, please, no costumes, just fall colours with casual bottoms.




Orange Shirt Day

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Monday, September 30 is Orange Shirt Day.  We will be talking about how every child matters throughout the primary department and would like to invite students to wear orange shirts and casual bottoms on this day.  if your child does not want to wear an orange shirt, they will need to wear their uniform.


Our Learning So Far

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It was day 7 for us today in part time Kindergarten and we have already started learning so many things!

In Language Arts we have talked about how to “pinch and flip” so that we are holding our pencil/marker/crayon correctly.  Here is a video made a few years ago to demonstrate what that looks like:

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We have also started to learn about the a-z phonograms, focussing primarily on the sounds phonograms make, rather than letter names.  So far, we have learned all of the clock letters (o,c,a,d,s,g,q,and f), printing them on our whiteboards and saying their sounds.

Note:  All clock letters begin on 2 on the clock and go up and around the 12.

I am sending home a paper in your child’s home folder today that gives the sounds for each of the phonograms.  The sounds for each phonogram are listed in order of frequency.  I would encourage you to also purchase a set of phonograms cards from the office.  We use this program in all of our primary classrooms at Highroad Academy so it will be a worthwhile investment.  The cards list the phonogram sounds and give printing instructions.  There are 70 in total.

In Math we are exploring numbers 1-9, learning to print (1-4 so far), playing games, and doing Number Talks to expand our mathematical thinking.

Our Theme has been learning about Me and My School.  We have learned about the rules of our classroom and school.  We are also learning our classmates’ names and the names of our principal, office staff, and primary teachers.  We went on a fun school scavenger hunt last week to learn more about the special places in our school building (gym, office, principal’s office, chapel, and sick room).

We are also learning about our identifying our emotions using a program called Zones of Regulation.  Today we coloured the four zones (blue, green, yellow, and red) and are bringing home the page to share with our families.  I will be sending home more information about this program at a later date.

In Bible we have learned about how much Jesus loves us and how special and unique He has made each of us.  The Me Bags were a great way for the children to share about themselves and learn that we are the same and different in ways from each other.

In addition to all of this, we have also done a lot of playing!

This is a great group of children and I am so proud of how they are doing in their new Kindie environment!


Bible Memory Verses

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On Wednesday I sent home a bible verse page in your child’s home folder.  Your child can colour the picture if they want and then I’d suggest you put it in a special spot to review it for the week.  We will review it at school too and talk about what it means.  On Wednesday of each week I will ask your child to say it to me from memory (just the words, not the reference) and will send a new verse home in their folder.  As the year goes on we will make our way through the alphabet as we hide little nuggets of God’s word in our hearts.  Thank you for your home support!