Saturday, December 31, 2011

Blue Spruce Reading begins January 9

I have been busy reading over the holiday!  I am so excited about the Blue Spruce nominated books!  I think it will be a difficult choice to pick my favourite this year - they are all wonderful stories.  Some are inspiring (The Little Hummingbird) while others make me laugh (Making the Moose Out of Life).  What will your favourite be?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Baby Anthony visits on Holiday Hat Day!

Today Baby Anthony visited us for his second visit to teach us about "Why Babies Cry".  We have learned that he has a very easy-going temperment, so he doesn't cry often.  We watched him roll over several times today.  He even turned the pages of one of the books we gave him for Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Grade 1/2 Christmas Lights

Special Events

This week we will be getting ready for the holidays by:
Monday - dressing in Christmas colours (white, red, and green)
Tuesday - singing Christmas carols at 9am
Wednesday - Baby Anthony's visit AND it is holiday HAT day
Thursday - concert rehearsal at 1:00 AND our show in the evening at Glengate Church
Friday - another carol sing song at 1:45 AND PJ Day

We will also be reading Chris Van Allsburg's classic story, The Polar Express.  We will watch the movie version and COMPARE and CONSTRAST the book and movie afterwards.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth!

Here is our classroom door!  It is decorated for the holidays, inspired by the song - we have lost our front teeth (thanks to Ms. Sinclair's Sharpie marker) and magically transformed into flying reindeer!  Ms. Sinclair is leading the herd while Mr. Kore tries to hang on and steer the sleigh!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December News

Thank you so much for meeting with me on our interview night to review your child’s Progress Report. It is very helpful to me to have conferences with parents to hear about your child’s learning from your perspective. Asking your child about his/her day at school is a great way to engage your child in reviewing his/her learning experiences. This month we will be completing our second non-fiction report. We completed our first topic for non-fiction together – SHARKS. Now the students are working on their own choice of animal report. Once completed, these reports will be on display on our writing bulletin board.
This past week, we also met our ‘baby teacher’, Anthony. Anthony and his mom visited our class on Tuesday, and will be coming monthly to update us on Anthony’s growth and development during his first year as well as teach us about a variety of topics ranging from ‘communication’ to ‘safety’ to ‘cultural identity’.
We are currently studying Traditions and Celebrations in Social Studies so students will be asking you about your family’s heritage and celebrations over the next few weeks.
Students have been working on the computers composing their “About the Author” page to add to their published books. This will lead us into our next unit about Biographies. Because we want to begin with something familiar, students will be conducting interviews during the month of December to help them gather information in order to write biographies.
We have recently added some new strategies to our CAFÉ Menu. Students will also be choosing an area (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, or Expand Vocabulary) to focus on this month and setting reading goals. I will post a photo of our menu on our classroom blog.

Dates to Note
December 1
Cherrywood Acres Night @ Ice Dogs Hockey Game
Family skate @ 5:00
Game Time @ 7:00

December 2
Pizza day

December 16
Pizza day

December 22
Christmas Concert @ 7:00
More details will follow!

December 23
Last day of school until Jan. 9, 2012