It's been fun to get to know each other in September. Here's some of the things that we've been working on, and what's coming in October:
Career Education & Art - Cube project
Career Education and Personal & Social Responsibility
We have started to learn about about the Successful Learner Traits. So far, we discussed how successful learners are enthusiastic and strategic. Enthusiastic learners are motivated, involved, and engage fully in the learning activities. They look forward to new experiences. Strategic learners plan ahead, are resourceful, and organized (see images below). We practiced being strategic with planning and executing our cube project, keeping track of our progress and taking it home to catch up as necessary in order to complete it by the due date. We are also practicing keeping our duotangs and personal belongings organized.
Today, we began our first Mind Up lesson. The Mind Up lessons will teach us how to regulate our emotions and focus our attention. A unit on Growth Mindset will also teach us that we grow our brain by taking risks and making mistakes. Students will be encouraged to get out of their comfort zone to stretch their brain.
Science - Rocks and Minerals
Forest week and French writing
We are also occasionally using the computer game Prodigy. Prodigy is a fun option for extra math practice at home, and the questions are tailored specifically to each child's level. Parents can create an account and link it to their child's account (using their username and password) to follow their progress. As a parent member, you can can also set goals for your child and give them in-game rewards when they reach their goal. Learn more about Prodigy's features for parents.
FSA - Foundational Skills Assessments
Arts and French
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Epic! A resource for home reading
* If you have earbuds or earphones at home your child could keep at school to use during reading time, that would be fantastic.
To access Epic! from home, you can download the app on a tablet, or log in from a computer at https://www.getepic.com/sign-in/educator. Students enter the classcode: gaq8124 and enter their name to access the free classroom account. Give it a try!
Reporting of student progress
Also, please don't hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss your child's learning on the phone or in person, at any time (before or after I send home the portfolios).