Posted in Uncategorised

1A Happenings

Here’s an update to some of the great things happening in the class.  Our own Morah Lianna introduced our class to a Structured Word Inquiry Lesson. The Lesson was on suffixes and adding ing, ed, and er to words we may know.  In Math we are exploring numbers beyond 20. Some of the math tools we used in class were a double 10 frame and a Hundred chart.  Take a look at our chart for the beginning of our Social Studies Unit on Roles and responsibilities to see what job your children said they were responsible for at home 🙂

Today we read and discussed two books for Truth and Reconciliation Day. During our Library time Miss Bridget taught us the difference between Fiction and Non Fiction Books. Please remember in order to choose a new book the old book must be returned.

In our Daily Five have a look at how we read to Self and Read to someone!

Next week we begin The Global Read Aloud. One book to connect the World  To learn more about the books and author chosen for the Picture book study you can read all about it here.

We have started to send home our Note-totes. Please empty and return on a daily basis.

1A and 1B read these books today!

Posted in Start of Year Info.

שנה טובה – Shana Tova

Wow! what a great start to our Kitah Alef this year!

We have already learned so much and the year has just begun. We are getting to know each other, both students and teachers, we are learning how to read in 3 languages, we are gaining new vocabulary every single day, we have our routines down packed and we are having lots of fun doing all this…

As you know, we also had some special guests visit our classroom last week…

We want to invite you to follow us here, on our blog to see photos and learn about what is happening in our classrooms throughout the year.

Please check out our back to school page above for information about our curriculum, homework, behaviour management, communication and more.

We wish you all a Shana Tova Umetuka and we are looking forward to this wonderful year together.

Posted in General Studies, Next Steps

Next Steps

Dear Parents,

It has been an absolute joy to watch your children grow both academically and socially this year. We are so proud of how far they have come. Summer is upon us and it is time to recharge our batteries by taking time to enjoy our family and friends. Whatever way you choose to embrace the summer months, we hope it is filled with fun and laughter. As I have stated in your child’s report card, here are things to use at your discretion to strengthen their understanding of a particular concept or improve their reading and math fluency.



Kate and Jake

The Nice Mice

No More Sad Tunes

Thad and Thelma

Chase and Chet

Reading (Level H)

Grasshopper’s Gross Lunch  

Elephants Giant Mammal’s

Brainstorm Bear

I Collect That

Reading (Level K/L)

Blackbeard The Pirate

Model Rockets

All About Kites

At Jacob’s House


Handwriting Without Tears letter and number formation.McKenna, Mrs. / Handwriting Without Tears | Handwriting without tears, Writing without tears, Preschool writing

Letter placement anchor chart and writing paper.

Summer Journals

Please watch these videos on how to create a personal narrative.

Writing a Personal Narrative-Brainstorming

Writing a Personal Narrative-Planning

Writing a Personal Narrative-Writing an Introduction

Writing a Personal Narrative-Writing a Conclusion



Username: first and last

Password: math123


Watch this video on living things

Listen to What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?


Social Studies

Learn more about maps, watch these videos.

There’s a Map on My Lap

How to Make a Map

Here is some graph paper .




Posted in French, Homework

Les animaux- Ami du jour

Hello families,

It’s time for a new task for our Ami du jour. This time we will be focusing on les animaux. We have talked a lot about animals this year so the student’s new challenge is to bring in a toy animal or stuffed animal. They will share it with the class and tell us what the animal is in French as well as share one little fact about the animal (it could be something like “J’ai un chat chez moi.” (I have a cat at my house) or “Les lions dorment beaucoup.” (Lions sleep a lot). Whatever little fact they would like us to know. When it is your child’s turn I will email you the previous evening to give you a heads up.

Thank you so much for your help with our Ami du jour tasks!

Mme Evie

Posted in French, Homework

Ma famille- Ami du jour

We are almost finished cycling through everyone for the Show and Tell activity and are nearly ready for our next Ami du jour task. The next time their name is chosen by our wheel the Grade 1s will be bringing in a photo of their family in order to introduce us to “les membres de ma famille.” We will be learning the French family terms as well as reviewing “c’est mon” and “c’est ma”.

I will once again send out an email notifying you when your student’s turn is coming up and photos can be either printed out and brought in physically or digitally sent to me to project for your child’s presentation.

I look forward to learning more about les familles des élèves!

Posted in French

Les voyelles

This trimester we studied the French vowel sounds to help improve our French reading. We used a variety of activities, read alouds, worksheets and games to help us become more familiar and comfortable with the pronunciation of les voyelles. Each vowel was first introduced using a comptine (a rhyming story) and it can be helpful to review these comptines to solidify our knowledge of the vowels or continue practicing ones that are a little more difficult. I am posting the comptines for each of the vowels for your continued review and practice! Enjoy these fun, silly little stories!

Comptine a

Comptine e

Comptine i

Comptine o

Comptine u

Posted in French, Homework

Show and Tell

Dear families,

Our “Ami du jour” (Friend of the Day) will be starting a new activity as of Wed, March 2. The day before, during French we will spin our wheel to determine who the Ami du jour will be for the next day and that friend will bring something in for Show and Tell. We are working on our oral French and will be using phrases such as “C’est mon” or “C’est ma” to explain to the class what has been brought in.

Tomorrow we will spin the wheel in each class to determine who our first Show and Tell presenter will be!

Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading

Flashlight Fridays

                               Flashlight Fridays

Each Friday the students will participate in a special event called Flashlight Fridays. For our Read to Self period I will turn out the lights and we will use our flashlights to read. The purpose of Flashlight Friday is to get students excited about the fact that they can read independently and have a whole library of books at their fingertips. Ms. Brigitte will provide us with books, both fiction and non-fiction to enjoy during this time.

Please send a small flashlight (labelled) to school with your child on Friday. The children will keep these flashlights at school in a bucket to use every week.

peacefully reading

Posted in General Studies, Support

How to Best Support at Home

Here are a few videos, games, apps and anchor charts to help with supporting your child at home. I have reposted some of the items from my first homework blog post and also added new videos, anchor charts and activities. 

Extra support for Language Arts below if needed:

Handwriting Without Tears letter and number formation.McKenna, Mrs. / Handwriting Without Tears | Handwriting without tears, Writing without tears, Preschool writing

Letter placement anchor chart.

Extra support for Math below if needed:

  • Click on this video to see various addition strategies introduced in class.
  • Click on this video to see various subtraction strategies introduced in class. I have not yet introduced Touch Math.
  • Click on this video to see what the students have learned about place value. If they need more practise they can redo these Place Value activity sheets.

    If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me.