Sunday, 19 March 2017

Term 1 - Week 8

Hi parents,

What a fantastic weekend! It was great to see you all down at Yallingup on Friday afternoon. You have a great community down here and I am grateful to be apart of it. To those that I spoke to, I did manage to achieve my weekend goals of surfing and establishing my veggie garden, so happy days!

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." Mother Teresa

Sight Words
Hopefully you have managed to test your child’s sight word knowledge. Most of the flash cards are ready, so by all means come in and get the ball rolling. If your child has mastered all of the words on the list, they will move on to commonly misspelt words.

Home Learning
I have noticed that a number of students are having their diary signed without completing all of the required tasks. Can I please ask that you are monitoring your child’s home learning closely? This includes marking their mental maths each night to ensure they are understanding the concepts covered. They must also write each task in their diary once it has been completed or at the beginning of each week to ensure nothing has been missed. Thank you for all the hard work you put into your child’s education and playing a role in guiding them to become life-long learners.

The following tasks should be completed each night:

1.    Reading (readers) - 10mins
2.     UNIT 8: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 of mental maths. (Day 5 will be completed on Friday during class) please note that your child may complete more than 1 day on any night, however, it is necessary that you mark their work with them once completed.
3. Times Tables: (x 5)

The following tasks are only required to be completed once:

1.    Physical activity (includes team or club sport, dancing etc) - 15mins
2.    Teach your parents something you were taught at school.
3.    Tell your parents something that you are grateful for and why?
4.    Housework – Learn how to use the washing machine.
When a task has been completed, your child is required to tick it off in the diary.

To date, we have learnt about a number of comprehension strategies. These include summarising, inferring, visualising, questioning and making connections. If you find the opportunity to model these behaviours (thinking aloud) during home reading, your child will benefit greatly. Review my previous posts for ideas to help you do this.

This week we will be learning about 2D shapes.

Enjoy the week,

Mr. Jones