Parent Tips

Encourage transfer of knowledge in one area to another - this will consolidate the understanding and students with become more skillful in applying their knowledge in different ways.

Learning Through Knowledge

We have to start somewhere...

Researchers suggest building upon the knowledge students already bring to a topic can enhance the likelihood of developing a genuine understanding of concepts and maximizes the ability to transfer new knowledge in the future.

www.washingtonpost.com - Mar 24 2015

It’s true that knowledge gives students something to think about, but a reading of the research literature from cognitive science shows that knowledge does much more than just help students hone their thinking skill: it actually makes learning easier.

www.aft.org

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Play simple board games (snakes and ladders, ...) and card games to support numeracy skills.


Reinforcing Independence - children are finding some clothing difficult to manage.  Please consider using pants with elasticized waistbands.  Zippers are tricky to manipulate - some practice at home will help facilitate growing independence with this.  Velcro or slip on shoes accommodate quick transitions when changing foot apparel.  Please make sure that your child can tie laces before wearing the shoes to school.

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Resources for parents
created by the Ontario Ministry of Education:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentguideliten.pdf

Take Home Reading Folders

Some students will start with Alpha Readers that focus on one of the letters we have formally reviewed.  Point to the word and read it.  Have your child repeat what you do.  Bring attention to the focus letter.  Name it and make the sound.  Have your child do the same.  Review the Sound Books that come home often.  Other students will receive early readers.  Books will not be changed out daily, so reread books, as students find something new to notice whenever they go back to a familiar book.  There independence increases with familiarity.  They become freer about taking risks when solving 'tricky' parts.


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Ideas About Language and Math

Some students will be reviewing letter names and sounds.  Check the calendar to view which ones will be the focus.  Sound Books will go home for you to support your children with this task. It is a quick exercise, meant to be relaxed and fun.  Other students will have some take home books to read.  Assessments are still under way.  Please remember to keep materials safe and to return them to student mailbags for school.  
Math experiences in class vary.  We will be exploring different principles through games and real life experiences.  Math is everywhere: addresses, labels - it's all around.  Ask for help setting the table or putting groceries away.  One-to-one correspondence and sorting are happening when engaged in these activities.  Patterns are everywhere.  Discuss the repeating nature of them.  Can your child recognize, create or continue a pattern?  The "core" is what we call the repeating part. See if your child can identify it.  Some patterns grow or shrink. 

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentguideliten.pdf
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentguideliten.pdf