Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading, Homework, Math

Reading and Math Homework

This week the students have been assigned math homework on Prodigy. They have two weeks to answer all of the assigned questions because of Purim. The activity reinforces what we have done during our math lessons. They are asked to compose and decompose numbers up to 20 using concrete materials. Reading and math homework can be done on alternate days. The username and passwords are glued into their red folder. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Remember, each week your child should read M-Th. Our  our reading challenge Grade 1 goal is 300 books by end of May.


Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading, Homework, Reminders

Exciting Things Are Happening!

Welcome Back!

Hope you all had a wonderful February break. Our students were so excited to catch up with each other and share their stories. We are already involved in many new projects and eagerly following our North Stars to guide us along the way.

  • A Reader’s Theatre script has been placed in your child’s red take-home folder. Please have your child read their part as reading homework for the next two weeks (as well as their assigned book). These part are NOT to be memorized. Each child has a few lines that they need to read using a loud enough voice for their audience to hear. Once we are ready, we will present these plays to our kindergarten class.
  • Innovation Day (formerly known as STEAM fair) will take place on March 5th. The students are working on a top secret challenge. You are welcome to see where they are at in their learning journey first period on Thursday, March 5th.
  • Please read this PDF filled with important information on  RUACH WEEK


Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading

OJCS Reading Challenge

OJCS Reading Challenge 2019-2020


The OJCS Reading Challenge is back, but this year bigger and better!  

Our Grade 1 classroom goal is to read 300 books by the end of May. In order for your child to get class book tallies towards our goal, each student must complete a book review.  When we achieve our goal, we will be eligible for one of the following prizes listed below.

      The prizes this year will be;

  • an end-of-year book-based film screening or book-themed dress-up party in each classroom that meets their goals.  The library will provide each class with popcorn and candy treats.
  • Middle school will once again compete for an escape room to create an added incentive.    
  • Small prizes will be given out to each student who gets a Bingo on the genre bingo sheet that goes with the challenge.
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For grades K-4 choose the methods that work best for your child:

The book review must contain the following:

  1. Tell us the title and author of your book.
  2. Include a short description of your favourite part.
  3. How many stars would you give it?
  4. Would you recommend it to a friend?

We have been participating in this challenge since November. These book reviews can be done at home or at school. I wanted to make this information available to you in case your child would like to add a book review from the comfort of their home.

Happy Reading! 

Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading, Homework

Happy 2020! Please Come Along On Our Learning Journey.

Weekly Homework

Hope everyone had a great winter break! This week’s homework will be to continue practicing our reading skills. Some students did not receive a new book today as they did not have the opportunity to read the books provided over the break, others have a new book for this week.

Introduction to Spelling

Have you ever heard parents say, ” English is too hard, filled with exceptions and makes no sense. How can I teach my child how to spell with all these exceptions. The answer is simple, come along on our learning journey. As both myself and the students explore Structured Word Inquiry. As we all have to start somewhere, we begin with 6 Spelling Rules that are based on the Barton system which follow the Orton Gillingham methods. These rules are designed to help students understand why words are spelled the way they are. This week I introduced the Hockey Rink Rule. <ck> comes at the end of a one syllable word after a short vowel. <k> is used after two vowels or if there is already a consonant between the vowel and the <k>. The students were given a list of words that they sorted independently, followed by time as a whole group to discuss and discover similarities and differences. And guess what… we were able to explain the Hockey Rink Rule.

As we make more discoveries I will continue to share.


Posted in Grade 1 Reading, Homework, Jewish Studies

Tonight’s Reading Recording

We finished book 1! Woohoo! 

Celebrating in stations tomorrow👍

Starting book 2 tonight. We introduced sound in class and read over it, as we always do. Kids (most of them) are excited to start the new book and so am I.  Line 7 in this book is a proper full sentence, so I read it twice in the recordings.

Tonight’s sounds are Ee and Yee:


Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading, Homework

Weekly Homework and Global Read Aloud

Everyone is doing a great job using their reading strategies to complete their reading homework. Please remember to sign each night (M-Th). New books have been handed out today. Exciting news to share, we are part of a Global Read Aloud. This event fosters global connections through shared reading from picture books and exemplifies one of our North Stars, we learn better together. This year we are connecting with Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ.  1A participated in a Google Hangout this afternoon and were excited to ask the questions they had prepared on Friday in anticipation of this event. 1B will also connect this way with the same class, sometime this week. The picture book study is the work of Yuyi Morales

Excited to read Dreamers this week and be part of a shared Flipgrip to amplify our learning! 




Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading, Homework

Take Home Homework Folder

Today the students will bring home their red Take Home folders. In these folders is everything you need to be able to support your child as he\she completes their English reading homework. We have gone over in class the various decoding strategies to use when they come across a word that is unfamiliar to them. At this point in the year they would benefit from  reviewing the strategies before they begin to read. We will be working on digraphs (sh, ch etc…) and long and short vowel sounds in class. I have provided anchor charts for them to refer to if they come across a vowel sound they cannot yet reproduce. Please remember to sign the reading log every evening, it is located in the back of the Take Home folder.

  • The homework should not take more than 10 minutes. 
  • Please let me know if it is taking too long (you may write a note and place it in the note tote or send me an email).
  • Alternate between the sight word list (not this week) and book, so that the homework session does not exceed 30 minutes for all three subjects.
  • Please sign it every day and remind your child to return it to their note tote bag.
  • Happy reading!
Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading

Science Book Suggestions

I hope you are all having a wonderful start to summer break!

I just want to post a list that Brigitte and I created with a few different science books that may interest your children over the summer! Don’t forget, you can always use the AR Book Finder that we shared with you earlier this month.

Happy Reading! See you in September!

Posted in Grade 1 Reading

Looking for Just Right Books?

Over the summer, you may be looking for ‘Just Right’ books for your child to read. You can use the Zone of Proximal Development (which will be noted in your child’s report card as the reading range) to search for books through the Accelerated Reader Bookfinder site. 

Mrs. Thompson (from Grade 5) made a fantastic tutorial video to help walk you through the process.

Please reach out to Morah Lianna or Morah Ann Lynn if you have any questions or need any help. 

Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading

New Reading and Retell Homework

Dear Parents,

This is what homework will look like this week:

  1. Monday read new book
  2. Tuesday reread book
  3. Wednesday fill in box entitled-Characters ( use a pencil and remember to print neatly using smaller letters ).
  4. Thursday fill in box entitled-Setting
  5. Friday fill in box entitled-Problem
  6. Do not do box entitled Beginning, that is Monday’s Homework