Shared Reading

We continuing to talk about our roles and responsibilities at home. Our shared reading this week talks specifically about how responsibilities change as you grow up.

Please continue to talk with your child about how roles and responsibilities change over time and in different situations.
-How your own roles and responsibilities are the same or different as your child’s when you were their age.
-How your roles and responsibilities have changed as parents throughout the different stages of your child’s life.
-How your child’s roles and responsibilities have changed throughout their life.
-How experiences such as a birth, a death, a divorce, a wedding or new relationship, a change of homes, or even a new pet affect the roles and responsibilities of everyone in the family and how they feel about that.
-How roles and responsibilities change within the home and community throughout the year as the seasons change.

Digraphs ( 2 letters 1 sound)

The children have been asking for help with words that have a digraph in them such as sh and ch. They are getting stuck on how to make these sounds. Digraphs can be tricky! Here are some videos to help your child learn them.


ch/sh/th sound

sh sound

ai or ay

A new math tool

We have been exploring with a new math tool the past few days.  I have not told the students what this tool is or how to use it. I just told them it is a new math tool and to show me what they can do with it. So far the children did some building and lining up from shortest to longest. They expire enter with balance and stability.  Their minds are so curious and creative. Have a look at the pictures and see if your child can pick out theirs and tell you about it 

Base Ten Blocks – Math

Base ten blocks are a new manipulative that has been introduced in Grade One. Children in Kindergarten are very familiar with five and ten frames but the base ten blocks are brand new. During September and October children have been exploring the base ten blocks during Guided Exploration by building with them, sorting them and by counting the sections. During the month of November we have been using the Base Ten Blocks to represent the date on the calendar. Children in grade one need to learn to represent numbers to 50 using a variety of math tools (10 Frames, Base Ten Blocks, Number Lines, Coins).

Counting on is an essential skill when using base ten blocks and practising this concept is helpful. For instance you could put one of the rods (base ten block worth 10) down and then 7 of the ones and your child would say 10 then count on to 17 by counting the ones. Counting on is essentially saying the biggest number and then counting on the rest to see how many you have altogether. Children need to develop this strategy on their own and, with lots of practice counting on in different situations, they will.

Base Ten Learning Box

Base Ten Blocks & Ten Frames (And Others)
Choose: Grade one
Backgrounds: Workmats: (Hundreds, Tens, Ones)
Manipulatives:Base Ten Blocks
*lots of other options for representing number here too