Thursday, 4 February 2016

... Meet the teacher!

Last post of the day...

Who oh who is missing their undies, boy's size 3/4. No one claimed them, so they are in our class on my desk. Let me know if you recognise them!  :-)

iPads in Room 1

Children work with a buddy on our iPads. I have organised a range of Apps to choose from for every day of the week.  Our  iPads are being used during Reading time as an activity on the tumble board.
Children also use iPads at times during maths. I prefer an App called "Maths slide: addition and subtraction" that they play with 3 or 4 players.

It is all about fast number recognition ( like our number of the day chart) and working together of course!

Some more of our work...

Our letter of the day was : S s.
Our number of the day: 3
Our book of the day: Eric Carle's Mr Seahorse.

Today's work!

First we studied the art in Eric Carle's book, Mr Seahorse. We had a good discussion on colours, shapes and patterns. Next we drew, coloured in with oil pastels and painted our fish all over with dye.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Some of our daily routines...

Quiet Reading Teepee in Room 1!

Our very own teepee where we can read books in 3 different ways.
1: We look at the pictures and tell our own story.
2: We know the story and retell it.
3: We read the words.

Poems in Room 1

We will read poems often in Room 1. These poems will come home, pasted in a book. They are for sharing with your child. Please read them together, encouraging your child to use expression, varying the tone and pace of their reading.  Poetry helps children understand more about fluency and rhythm in reading.

On some days your child may have a poem, instead of a reader, as their home reading. On Fridays your child will have the class poem of the week to share at home. They may like to share some of the other poems in their poetry book at the same time.  This reading should be short, fun and enjoyable.

The poetry books should be returned to school on Mondays.

Today we got our first poem. We circled our special word I and also circled the letter i.
When we first learn to read we must point at every word!

Our new Reading Table...

Today we had our first reading lessons of the year. We sat around our new super duper reading table and guess what...? We are allowed to write on it. It is a whiteboard table! Now we can put our reading finger on words we are learning and then just write it on the table! How cool is that!

We also talked about our families and here is a snap-shot of our work!  Tumeke Room 1. We must be the most clever class at Te Waotu School!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Day one....

What a busy first day for Room 1 children. We explored the whole school. We even went up to the top of the Hall!  We visited all the other classes as well and said hello to brothers and sisters.
We stopped in at our school library and chose our books. They need to be returned next Tuesday.
Tomorrow will be first day for swimming, so please bring your togs. Swimming is all about water confidence, so having fun in the water. I will let you know after tomorrow whether I need some help with this in the afternoon.

Your child should have a stationery form in their bag so we can get started with working in our books. Their clear-file from last year should still be good to use, but parents please empty it at home. We will  start a whole new year of work samples to take home daily.
Kia Ora!

Monday, 1 February 2016

Welcome to Room 1 Term 1 2016
This term we are learning about ourselves and rules at our school, in our classroom and at home.
We will draw lots about ourselves and paint a self portrait.
We are going to learn to read and write, but first we need to study letters and the sounds they make.
We will be making graphs for Maths about favourite toys, food, ice cream etc.
Later this term we focus on science and we  will learn about floating and sinking.

Our key competency is Managing self.
We are making sure that we bring all our things to school and put them in the right places in the morning. We are going to use our manners all of the time and we are going to stay focused on our work.  We will learn to ask questions when we are unsure. We will bring our togs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ( 1.30pm). On Friday afternoon we will have assembly. We will visit the school library every Tuesday afternoon and will need to return our books on that day.

Our value is: Respect. We will learn about respecting others and their property.

For Early Readers:  we are learning to look at pictures and listen to stories. We are learning  to carefully look and point at words, to get ready with first sounds, and to re read when our reading doesn’t make sense.  We are learning to read to the full stop and fast around corners.

For more advanced readers: we will be studying ideas, characters, problems and solutions in stories, learn about grammar, read with expression and use punctuation appropriately.

For writing we are learning to draw and label our stories. We are learning  lots of high frequency words.  We are learning  to get ready with listening for the sounds in words and record them fast and in the correct order.  We are also learning to use finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.  We are using different charts to help us write words.

For Maths we are learning  how to make  5 and 5+, what makes 10 and 10 plus.  We are learning to make simple colour patterns with equipment. We are learning to count on from a given number to 20  and then to 40, to solve addition and subtraction problems.  We will be measuring content using water. We will be learning about making graphs.

 Daily News: On Mondays we share favourite books. On Tuesdays pictures from newspapers or magazines. Wednesdays we share something to do with science. On Thursdays we share pictures and stories from our Writer’s Notebook, and on Fridays it is Show and Tell, anything goes (as long as it fits through our classroom door!).

For Maori we are learning to use greetings, names of colours, counting in Maori and say our Mihi.
For P.E. we are learning to move confidently in the water and have fun!

Children will receive Homework books in Week 2 when all stationery should be here! This Homework book is a neat way to view your child’s reading progress and also to stay in contact with me.
I am looking forward to an enormously fun-filled and creative 2016.