SMES Grade 1 Information
Welcome To Grade One 2017-2018!
Grade One is an exciting and challenging year. Your child will make great advancements this year and it is important to celebrate each and every achievement, and also be patient and encouraging when there are challenges along the way. I am excited to have your child in my class and I look forward to working alongside you throughout the year.
-Go to the public library and read together.
-Make connections at home to curriculum taught at school (i.e. discuss the plants you have in your own garden, work together to water the plants and care for their needs. Clean out a drawer and sort the items by various attributes, colour, shape, size etc.)
-Pray each day with your child.
-Invest in a children’s Bible and read it daily as a family. Talk about the lesson that the story teaches.
-Each time you begin to read a book, make a prediction about what will happen in the story using the title and the pictures only.
-Make connections to favourite books by discussing a favourite part after reading.
-Have an early, consistent bedtime.
-Limit screen time, particularly on weekdays.
-Get outside as much as possible.
Library Day: Thursday P.E.: Everyday Home Reading: Each day (please return the bag to school each day)
Check out Miss. Baldissera’s school instagram account for pictures of what your child is doing in school. Use the pictures to begin a discussion with your child about what they did at school that day.
Grade One Curriculum and Ways to Support Your Child
Below is a brief overview of the New B.C. Curriculum for Grade One in the main subject areas. Under each subject description are some suggestions on how you can support your child at home to reinforce the learning that is happening at school.
Language Arts: Language Arts (oral language, reading, and writing) is the primary focus in Grade One. Throughout the school year your child will be engaged in a variety of activities to increase their understanding of stories: the elements of stories, vocabulary to talk about texts, decoding and comprehension strategies, how to create stories etc. They will also learn oral language strategies, basic phonics, spelling patterns, punctuation and proper printing.
Find books at the public library that your child is interested in and read each day. As well, encourage your child to write in a journal at home once or twice a week. Model how to sound out words so that they can try writing on their own, rather than telling them the correct spelling.
Math: Topics that we will cover include: skip counting (by multiples of 1, 2, 5,10), number concepts to 20, patterns, addition and subtraction to 20, comparing 2-D and 3-D shapes, measurement, financial literacy, and concrete graphs.
You can help your child by encouraging them to count orally by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s to 100 and by 2’s to 20. Also, playing simple math games with playing cards (addition, subtraction, one less/one more) is a good way to practice skills learned at school.
Christian Education: Our diocesan theme this year is “Care for Our Common Home”. As a class we will brainstorm and plan ways that we can care for God’s creation. In addition to this theme, we will also cover: various Bible stories, the holy seasons of Advent and Lent, developing our relationship with Jesus through prayer and Mass, and the sacrament of Baptism.
I encourage you to pray daily with your child; this time spent in prayer together will change your own spiritual life in a profound and meaningful way. Take time to be with Jesus as a family by reading the Bible together, ask your child what the monthly bible verse is, and make time to attend weekly Mass together.
Science: The Science curriculum includes different concepts such as: features and behaviours of living things, seasonal patterns and changes, properties of matter, sources and properties of light and sound, Aboriginal perspectives of the seasons and local plants and animals.
Ask your child what we are learning about in Science. Encourage your child to be a “Scientist” and use their senses to discover new things at home and at school.
Social Studies: The Social Studies curriculum includes: rights and responsibilities, how the environment shapes how we live and how we shape the environment, communities and cultures, including that of local Aboriginal communities.
Talk to your child about your cultural traditions as a family and introduce them to various other cultural events, foods, and traditions.