Sunday, May 15, 2016

Parent Helpers
This week we will be starting out Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. PMP is a program which aims to develop a child's perceptions and understandings of him/her self and his/her world through movement/motor activities.  PMP provides multi sensory experiences which give the child a wide range of experiences in seeing, hearing, touching, processing the information, making perceptual judgements and reacting. It is sequentially structured so that the child gains progressively higher order skills.
We need parent help in order for this program to run effectively. If you can, please place your name on our roster on any day.
We also love help in our morning literacy sessions if you are able to come.

We will need clean and empty containers such as toothpaste boxes, shampoo bottles, liquid soap bottles, soap packets. If you have any could you send them in.

Homework/Activity Folders.

Beginning this week your child will receive an activity folder to take home.  This folder will contain games or activities which have been chosen to revise and support the learning that takes place in the classroom.  Please complete these activities, ensure that all parts have been put back into the folder, return the kit the next day and swap it for a new kit.   These activity packs are not compulsory however if you would like to try them out with your child then they are available on the block corner shelves.

Home Readers.
As your child displays early reading ability they will be tested and placed on readers.  Most children will not receive home readers until third term.

Numeracy Focus
Currently we are looking at the numbers 11-20. Children need to be able to recognise the numeral, say the numeral and make collections that represent that numeral. Please listen carefully to how your child pronounces the number, some are saying eg: 'ninety' instead of 'nineteen'.

Remember that next Monday (23rd May) is a pupil free day.

Here is some information repeated from the last blog post......

Gathering Time Writing
As you are aware we have started 'writing' during gathering time. Each student has been allocated 2 days a week to do their writing. During this time please assist your child to draw a picture and then 'write' about their picture. Work together to identify sounds in the words they want to write. Talk about aspects of writing such as full stops and capital letters. Be positive and praise them for their efforts. Please write what they have written. The timetable for gathering time writing is pinned to our parent information board outside our classroom.

New Days
We have allocated new news days and new topics to talk about. If you can help your child to talk about what they might say when telling news to the class. The news roster is pinned to our parent information board outside our classroom.

Literacy focus
This term we have begun looking at small words using the concept of 'Onset and Rime'. Similar to teaching beginning readers about rhyme, teaching children about onset and rime helps them recognize common chunks within words. This can help students decode new words when reading and spell words when writing. For example cat would be broken up into 'c' is the onset and 'at' is the rime. They help children learn about word families, which can lay the foundation for future spelling strategies. We will still be reviewing the sounds of the alphabet so keep practicing these too.

Here is a video explaining 'Preparing for Reading' where the 'onset and rime' stage fits.

Reading Eggs
Today the each student brought home their login details for Reading Eggs. We will be doing some at school but you are more than welcome to use this at home too. It is a wonderful program and the kids love it.

Thank you
Mrs Leahy and Mrs Martin

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