In Grade 1 we expect the children to read each school night for approximately 20 minutes. This should take the form of reading to, with and by parents / carers. Adults should act as models of phrased, fluent reading. Reading is not necessarily a 'Just Right' book, it may be a Library book that they have an interest in that they would like to share with you.
We also strongly encourage your child to complete Reading Eggs activities that are targeted to meet individual needs throughout the week. You will find your child's login details just inside their Home Reading Diary.
M100W Words - Your child's 'Homework Book' has been sent home with M100W stuck in and ready for practicing. Please note we are focusing on the spelling of the words in Grade 1, using 'look, cover, write, check'. Do not panic if your child is at a different point to where they were last year, we have tested words they need to revise. Instructions on how to learn to write the words are included. Every child must have 5 ticks on each word before being tested (1 tick per word, per learning session). Please support your child by providing a special place such as a homework area and encourage their efforts. Experience has shown, with regular learning and testing of these leveled words, the child's spelling improves dramatically.
We have been focusing on money in the last few weeks of term. We have been ordering coins and adding them up to make small amounts. We have been looking at efficient ways to count money for example, grouping $1 coins, 10c coins or 50c coins together. To assist with your child's understanding over the holidays let your child handle and count money when buying small items at the shops. Maybe next term, let them write their own lunch order and prepare the money.
Mental Maths Development
We launched our ‘TPPS Parent Guide Maths Mental Scope’ which is a new document now available for your viewing on Compass. The document outlines specific mental strategies taught at each level of the school and is written in parent friendly language so that you can understand the mathematical thinking we are trying to teach our students.
Mental strategies are one part of the Mathematics program at Templestowe Park. As stated in the document, students need time and practice to develop skills and we realise that children will master them at different rates. You may find the document via the ‘Pencil’ icon at the top of your Compass menu under ‘School Resources’.
This week our Mental Maths strategy has been 2 more and 2 less. Roll some dice together and ask your child what is 2 more and what is 2 less. For a challenge roll 2 dice! For MORE of a challenge roll 3 dice.
Addition Stories / Number Stories
With all the hype on our little feathered friends we have been making lots of number stories about chickens. For example, we had 16 eggs and 2 hatched so there are 14 eggs left OR there were 4 black chickens and 12 yellow, that is 16 altogether. As homework you might like to look at things around the house and make some number stories together, perhaps with books, food, anything you can find and think up a story for. For those that want a challenge, get your child to make their number story it into an addition e.g. 4 + 12 = 16.
We have been learning about o'clock and half past time using analogue and digital clocks. A way to support your child learn about time is to refer to it often in everyday life and have both analogue and digital clocks around the home. Cooking is a great way to learn about time, using a timer and counting the minutes. Some children have been wearing 'fitbits' as a way of counting their steps in a day! This also develops a concept of time passing each day. In class, we refer to a daily calendar, marking in birthdays and special events. We discuss the months of the year and the seasons as time passes.
In Maths we have been revising the 'Friends of Ten' - 1 and 9, 2 and 8, 3 and 7, 4 and 6, 5 and 5. A game we played in class with a partner, is one you can play at home with a pack of cards. Take out the picture cards (King, Queen, Jack and Joker). Turn up 4 cards from a face down pile, laying them in a line. Take it in turns to try to make a ten, eg. 6 and 4. If you are successful, you keep the cards and then your partner has a go, first replacing the missing cards, so there is always 4 face up. If you can't make a 10, replace one card with one from the pile and miss a turn. Play until all the cards have been exhausted. The winner is the one with the most cards. Try playing 'Friends of 20' with 5 cards face up for a variation/extension.