Posted in 1A, 1B, Homework, Jewish Studies

Economics 101

Dear grade 1 parents,

As I’m getting used to the hardships of winter (clearing the snow from my car, every, single, morning, is a new one for me), I had the pleasure of sitting in my car for 15 minutes straight waiting for my fingers to thaw. During that time I came across a meme that really reflects my way of thinking about how school should be.

 

 

It reminded me that while my “I believe” is heavily influenced by this idea, I still need to communicate that to my surrounding. So here it goes:

Since I encountered this phenomena many, many times in the various jobs I had, I believe in the power of incentivizing and fear the impact of dicentivizing. Therefore, I try my best to include the former, not the latter, in my teaching.

That is why I added a new, 100% optional, incentive to do the homework, a game. The game reinforces only some of the words in the homework, offering sound and translations to several words. Please only play the game if the kids have done their readings and still have some time and energy to play the game.

I hope this makes the homework experience more enjoyable,

Saar.

Posted in General Studies, Homework

December Homework!

It’s that time we’ve all been waiting for…a new homework choice board! The students did an amazing job last month with the homework board. If your child still has not brought in their homework board with activities checked off please send it back to school as we are counting how many “BINGOs” we got as a class!

I have learned from last month and tried to make this month easier. I have sent all of the homework activites home in a plastic “Homework Folder” for each student. This is for everyone who wanted the sheets printed off last time. To submit these sheets students are welcome to bring the papers back to me, upload a picture to Classkick (using the link on the bingo board), or emailing me a picture of them!

Please let me know if something doesn’t make sense or any comments/concerns!

Happy December! bye

December Homework Board by k.zuorro

Posted in Homework

HOMEWORK IS HERE…

HOMEWORK IS ​HERE AND WE ARE EXCITED (and a little nervous)

Really! You should have seen the excitement when I told them they are bringing homework home next week. 

Let’s do our best to keep up this kind of RUACH (SPIRIT). 

We have started working at school on our reading, and as of Monday, I would like the children to begin practicing what we do in class at home.  I believe that to become a good reader you need to practice regularly, and reading at home allows for that.

Also, having some homework encourages the learning of how to be responsible, manage time and plan ahead; a skill that will assist them throughout their careers as students, and later in life.

 

THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT:

Now that we have been reading and recording on Classkick at school, we are ready to begin our homework. 

As mentioned during our Back to School Night, the homework this year will be on Classkick. On page 1 there is an attachment to a PDF file if your preference is for your child to read it from pages. You can print the booklet and use that for homework.  If you do, please sign the page read and send it to school with your child.

The links​ for the homework will always be found ​in the Weekly Homework Slide on the blog.

This coming week we begin with ​3 pages:

  • Mon & Tues: P. 10 (ח/כ)
  • Wednesday: P. 11 (נ/ן)
  • Thursday: P. 12 (מ/ם)

​There is a recording ​at the bottom ​of the page to help review it. In order to use it best, encourage your child to use ​their finger to follow along as s/he listens and repeats the sounds and words. 

There is also a challenge recorded at the bottom. At this point, this is a choice.

The children are encouraged to record themselves as they read daily; however, the requirement is to record twice a week.

Know that if it takes your child too long, they do not require to read the whole page, but rather a few lines. If that is the case, please mark up to where they read.

If your child does not record daily, I ask that you sign the page on the Classkick. Click on the T (Text) or use the pencil option. You bring it to the Signature line and type/sign with a stylus or finger. Once homework is done (includes recording or signature), remind your child to press on the green hand to show me it is complete. 

There is an explanation about using Classkick under the Back to School Videos in our blog. 

Finally, I want to remind you, this should not take more than 5-10 minutes at the most. ​Please let me know if it is taking too long. 

Shabbat Shalom.

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, 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 Homework, Jewish Studies

Happy Hanukkah

We want to wish everyone a very Happy Hanukkah!

We can’t wait to have a fun filled week celebrating together at school and at home.

Remember to wear your Chanukkah clothes for Monday… (PJ, Shirt, Sweater, Ribbons, or blue and white).

Bellow is a Slide show with the Brachot and songs for Hanukkah if you wish to enjoy together.

…and finally, THERE IS NO HOMEWORK THIS COMING WEEK! Light up the world with Kindness…

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Posted in French, Homework

Je Lis Tutorial

Good evening grade 1 families,

Today begins our French reading homework and so I have created a little Je Lis tutorial video in case you would like a walk through of the site. Your students have their green homework duotangs in their note totes so they should have everything they need to get started on their reading.

Please see the video below for the tutorial and don’t hesitate to email me (e.cohen@theojcs.ca) if you have any questions.

Happy reading!

Mme Cohen

Posted in Grade 1 Reading, Homework

Homework at last…

Shalom,laptop reading

Now that we have practiced reading and recording on Classkick in class, we are ready to begin our homework. 

As mentioned during our Back to School Night, the homework this year will be on Classkick. The children recieved a “Machberet Kree-ah” where they have the QR code and the code for the required Classkick booklet. We will be using this “Machberet Kree-ah” in school as well, so make sure it returns to school daily. 

Adding to the reading I may record additional instructions on the classkick page itself. For example to find a specific word, highlight it and/or copy it into the Machberet Kreeah. This will be as an extra challenge for those who choose to do it.

The links, sounds and page numbers will also be provided here, on the blog,  on a weekly basis. 

This week we begin with only two pages (4 letters):

1A Classkick Code: UG8BGF        1B Classkick Code: DHMEMC

Monday and Tuesday: Page 4 (Tah & T)

Wednesday and Thursday: Page 5 (Sah & S)

I am reminding you that there is a recording of the page to help review it. In order to use it best, encourage your child to use a finger or a cursor to follow along as s/he listens and repeats the sounds and words. 

The children are encouraged to record themselves as they read daily; however, the requirement is to record the last two lines twice a week.

If your child does not record daily, I ask that you sign the page on the Classkick. Click on the T (Text) or use the pencil option. You bring it to the Signature line and type/sign with stylus or finger. Once homework is done (includes recording or signature), remind your child to press on the green hand to show me it is complete. 

Finally, I want to remind you, this should not take more than 5-10 minutes at the most. lets keep it fun and please let me know if it is taking too long. You can email me or leave a note on the page itself (recorded or written)

Toda,

Morah Ada. 🙂

Posted in General Studies, Homework

General Studies Weekly Homework

Dear Parents,

  • The reading homework, located on Classkick, was used during our small guided reading groups. Each student is familiar with the text and are on their way to becoming fluent readers. Please have your child read Monday-Wednesday.
  • Here are the colour groups, links and class codes:
  • Blue Group   Class Code: VGV SHY
  • Green Group  Class Code: 36E UXl
  • Yellow Group  Class Code: VAR Z2Q
  • Orange Group Class Code: XBL SNY 
  • Purple Group  Class Code: 8ZN 45F
  • If needed, print and use the reading strategies bookmark as a tool when completing the reading homework.
  • Please sign the reading log (on Classkick) each night (this lets me know the homework was completed) and your child will receive a sticker the following day. At the end of each month, the students are required to record themselves reading 1 book from their assigned homework on Classkick.
  • Looking for ways to build their sight word vocabulary? There are 3 games below your child will enjoy playing. Remember this is not homework. Only move on to the next game once they can read all the words independently
  • The IXL program will be the math homework for Thursday. Please complete C.1 and C.10
  • Log-in information is:

Username: first and last name@ojcs

Password: math123

  • Click on Learning at the top of the page and then the yellow star on the right to access assigned work. When your child gets 100 points he/she has mastered the skill. Please let them complete the homework independently (I will provide tools when necessary). 

Extra support below if needed:

                Ready, Set, Read!

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