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


Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading

Poetry Month

Happy Poetry Month!

Hello Everyone!!
Poetry is one of the parts of our writing curriculum that we introduce in April as it is Poetry Month! We read, discuss, analyze, and even memorize poetry every week…poems that help to bring our curriculum to life.  Children love poetry.  The tongue twisting words, the alliteration, the onomatopoeia, the fun language, the rhyme, the rhythm, and so much more. The students will keep all their poems in their red take home folder. They have brought home today (in their red folders) two poems to read for homework and are asked to highlight the rhyming pairs. Please remember to have your child reread these poems practicing the proper expression, pace and phrasing. Homework due on Monday. Today we began to build a Poetree and shared what we know about poetry and after listening to a few poems read by Morah Lianna and myself, our students were able to add many leaves of knowledge to this tree. Our Grade 1 poets ended the afternoon brainstorming ideas in order to create a poem about spring. 
Happy April!


Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading

March Madness Round Up

The Grade 1 class room was BURSTING with excitement this month as we “bounced” (my attempt at a basketball reference) through our March Madness Book Bracket. 

First, a big shout out to our amazing guest readers this month; Morah Dora, Mrs. Cleveland, Miss M, Ms. Gordon, Mrs. Reichstein!! Thank you for being part of our March Madness Fun! Don’t worry, Dr. Mitzmacher is already gearing up to be a guest reader in Grade 1 in the near future. 

Today was the final face off between The Aunts Come Marching by Bill Richardson (Ms. Gordon’s pick!) and POP! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy.

Our class was so excited all day for the big reveal…

After the cheering calmed down, we took some time to reflect on some of our favourite books that we read but didn’t necessarily advance on our bracket.


All in all, it was a fantastic month filled with picture books (#openthemagic)! Thank you to everyone who followed our March Madness journey on Morah Lianna’s Twitter!

Posted in Grade 1 Reading, Homework, Jewish Studies

Tonight’s Song – The Order of the Seder

We began looking at our Haggadah today – realizing that ‘Seder’ is not just a word for the Passover meal; rather, it’s  a Hebrew word that means “order.” and tonight’s song is the Seder of the Seder – Kadesh Urchatz.

Here is the reading: 

Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading

March Madness

March Madness has begun… and no, I’m not talking about basketball!

Throughout the month of March, the Grade 1 students will be doing a March Madness Book Challenge. Everyday we will read two picture books and the students will vote using a google form to pick which book they liked best. The book with the most votes will advance to the next round.

Stayed tuned to find out which book will be the winner!!



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

Reading Homework

This week the students were given a poem called The Best School. Please have your child read and highlight the rhyming pairs in each stanza. Also, each child was given a new list of sight words to learn how to read, please read them daily. Once they can easily read them, send us an e-mail and we will provide your child with a new list. If there is no list in your child’s red folder that means they have completed the lists and can read the necessary sight words for grade 1 and 2.

Tomorrow is 100th day! The students can dress up to look 100 years old, no uniform necessary tomorrow. No other costumes please.

Have a great evening!