Welcome Back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and were able to spend some relaxing time with your family and friends. I enjoyed a wonderful, quieter Christmas and am excited to be returning to work tomorrow. The early mornings, I think, are much to be desired though. No more sleeping in and lazy mornings playing in our pajamas!
Reminder this Friday we go to TCC for Gymnastics (we will also be going next Friday Jan 15). Please submit your child's permission slip and fees ($13 for 2 sessions & Bus) as soon as possible if you have not yet done so. Students will need to wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move. They do not allow for blue jeans. Girls are expected to tie their hair back and remove earrings and jewelry. I'm certain it will be a fun afternoon
This term we begin new learning and continue to build skills we started before the break.
Reading: This week we will be enjoying some short stories and working on comprehension skills. We will soon however be starting our novel study Underground to Canada. It is a wonderful story that is set in the United States and Canada in the years leading up to the American Civil War. It depicts the hard lives of slaves in the American South and the people who helped them escape to Canada via the Underground Railroad.
Math: In math we will continue to build our speed and recall with multiplication facts. Students are completing Math Speed/Timed Drills on Multiplication tables. They have approx. 120 questions on each time table to complete and can only progress to the next level if they complete it with no more than 2 mistakes. They enjoy this challenge and are quite motivated!
We will be beginning long division this week. Students will find this tricky and it always takes extra practice at home to build confidence with the steps. Any extra support you can provide at home would be great!
Social Studies We will begin this term with a mini unit about Ancient Civilizations. We will focus mostly on Ancient Egypt. Students are always very interested in learning about Mummies and hieroglyphics.
The month of February and March will be entirely spent on the development of Canada and Coming to Canada. This will co inside with our novel study and provide more background information to students on Early Canada.
This Week in our Class
Tues: French/Computers/Library Sign-out
Fri: Gymnastics at TCC- Travel by Bus at 12:30 pm