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Message from Year 1

Happy 2019. It was thrilling to see the boys after the break with their smiles and stories. Although, your boys came close to breaking one of my class rules: no student should be taller than the teacher (me). My, they have grown! I hope the growth spurt meant many sleeping and relaxing hours for both you and the boys.

It seems that the journal writing over the holiday was a big hit. It was a delight to come back and find all the detailed and lovely journals to share.

Oh, the stories we tell! In Inquiry the boys have chosen a play and been assigned a role. We will be “running lines” and “blocking scenes” for much of January. The unit will culminate in a performance for parents and students on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. We will also be launching our books so please save the date and stay tuned for a formal invitation.

In the past, I have noticed that this stage of the play is very exciting and the boys are bursting with energy to practice. The next stage is usually nervousness. As the time gets closer, and the reality of an audience sets in, the boys will become increasingly nervous. This is a great time to talk about how fantastic they are and to build up their self-esteem. The last phase is always “over the moon excitement.” This is when you praise them like crazy and celebrate. What they have achieved took weeks and quite a bit of work, and tons of memorization. It is a big deal. Celebrate and celebrate huge.

We are working together with the art class to create real books for our stories. This unit is very heavy in reading, deconstructing and constructing stories, and the boys are equally heavy into this unit!

In math, our new unit is on place value, number stories and basic number facts. The boys will be using place value mats and base 10 blocks (manipulatives) to create and understand large numbers. Our number stories will lead us into problem-solving, both as individuals and as a group. They will learn the “greater than” and “less than” signs and as they incorporating them into their various games. We will also continue to practise telling time and all of those wonderful math skills that were taught prior to the break.

We continue to practice kindness towards one another. Between the time of year (cold, short days), the amount of yawns I am seeing in class and the nervousness around the play, we enjoy taking a break to reflect upon our actions/choices and how they affect others.

Christie Gordon cgordon@ucc.on.ca