Wednesday, 30 September 2015


It really is October already! I am so impressed with the excellent listening skills of this grade one class! WOW! They work together so well and are fantastically kind to one another. Thank you parents for the wonderful job you have done already which truly makes my job a JOY!!! We have jumped into daily 5 and have been spending a lot of time on fluency in reading familiar non-fiction passages each day.  I know I have said this before but a really big part of Grade One is learning the many many routines needed for a successful day.  You can continue to help your child by making sure they unpack and hand in their agenda each morning and put their lunch kits on the shelf to get ready for each day. Most are already doing this, but a little reminder never hurts!  The next big focus in our room after routines is sight words and letter sounds. I cannot stress enough the importance of sight words when helping your kids learn to read. These words provide a base to draw from so that students don’t struggle to sound out every single word they encounter. 

Sight Words This Month: look, make, me, my, not, one, play red, run, said, see, the, three, to, two, up, we

Please be sure to check agendas tomorrow for a paper copy of this blog that also includes a handy calendar to keep all the important dates organized for you! There is also information coming home about our Home Reading Program!

Fire Prevention week is during the month of October and our class will be doing a variety of activities related to fire safety. Please take some time to discuss your family’s fire escape plan with your child and do the little homework project that is coming home this week in your child’s agenda!

Our Halloween parade this year falls on a Friday so students can wear simple costumes for the big parade which starts at 8:30 through the hallways with the entire school.   Please join us if you are able and don’t forget your camera!

Curriculum Focus For The Month!

Language :Fall Theme 
Review of letter sounds, introduction of word chunks or families, sight word recognition,  printing, CVC words, sayn’slide words, reading strategies 1 & 2 (Lips The Fish) Look at the first letter and predict the word, Look at the picture and predict the word. (Eagle Eye)

Number sense to 10, making sets 5-10, ordering (before and after), read and write words to 10, one more, one less, count up and down to 20, review of patterns, beginning addition, subitize-knowing a number by it’s pattern ( ie. Dice) without having to count from one. We use power of ten cards and dice patterns.

Colour Unit:
Identify colours in a variety of natural and manufactured objects
compare and contrast colours, using terms such as lighter than, darker than, more blue, brighter than
order a group of coloured objects, based on a given colour criterion
predict and describe changes in colour that result from the mixing of primary colours and from mixing a primary colour with white or with black.

Belonging In A Group: 
What helps us to recognize different groups or communities (e.g., landmarks, symbols, colours, logos, clothing)? (CC) 
In what ways do we belong to more than one group or community at the same time? (CC, I) 
 In what ways do we benefit from belonging to groups and communities? (C, CC, I) 
What are our responsibilities and rights at home, at school, in groups and in communities

Health Wellness (personal and safety)
describe the health benefits of physical activity
determine reasons for and apply safety rules at home and at school; e.g., demonstrate fire safety behaviours
describe and apply appropriate street safety behaviours in the community; e.g., as a pedestrian, passenger, cyclist

Games Unit: to encourage cooperation and positive interactions with classmates. Game etiquette and fair play in small and large group games.

Reflection Unit: Creating and appreciating patterns and prints in nature
Fall theme using apples, leaves, pumpkins, and more!

Thanks for reading all the way to the end! Whew! 

Monday, 14 September 2015


As in years past we will be collecting Toonies for Terry to support The Terry Fox Foundation. It is the foundation’s 35th year!!  Mike Mountain Horse has a goal of $3,000.00. That’s approximately two toonies/student. Thank you for helping keep Terry’s dream alive.
More information about the assembly will be coming soon.
Join us on our walk around Nicholas Sheran Lake on Friday September 25 if you can. We leave around 9:00am. Please email me at if you are able to walk with us!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Welcome Back!

Welcome to Grade One! Congratulations on finding my blog and if you are ever looking for more information about your child's school year, curriculum focus, routines, special events, or even just a peek a our day, this is the place to look!  Of course MMH also has it's own website which is also very helpful to find things like bell times, school calendars, and school wide newsletters. Please check them out at

I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to know the kids tomorrow! I'm sure I'm not the only one who will have a hard time sleeping tonight!  See you soon!