Saturday, 6 May 2017

Week 2, Term 2

Kia ora koutou,

We welcome Spike and Camo this week....
Over the holidays, I told a a friend of a friend our tale of woe about our class budgie and Jedi the cat. She saw an opening to give away her fish tank. So this afternoon, I took receipt of 'Camo' and 'Spike'. I just hope they survive overnight. They are huge goldfish. Watch this space! 

To matters more academic - some students will be bringing home an extra reader each night to build mileage. The next day, I will ask the students to share their favourite page - either read to us or tell us about it - IF they had the time to cover two books. (This will be casual.)  

If your child is resistant to reading at night, try reading their reader to them first or read it aloud to yourself 😉 first. It may be that they feel nervous or fear failure or outside of school the task seems more arduous than it really is. Praise each page as they go and ask if they want to read the next one or would they like you to? If they get you to read - pop in some errors in your reading for them to find.

We are learning to write reports this term. We enjoyed making dioramas using natural materials (Material World) on Friday, so much so that I think this will be a good motivating topic for us to continue with in writing, attempting our first report. Here are photos of our efforts:

They look much better in person!

Our Inquiry topic "Material World" was started with great gusto on Tuesday. Our VLC was the place to be with our extra special visitor from Germany 😆

A reminder about our Celebration of Learning meetings to be held in Week 4. Don't forget to book in for your preferred time slot. You have a 45 minute time slot, you can use as much of this as you and your child need. 

See you next week!

Kind regards,

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