Last week we had an amazing field trip. Although it threatened rain and storms all day, it held off long enough for us to complete all the activities! We played ball hockey, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, kickball, and the amazing race where the students had to work as a team to complete challenges to earn clues to bring them to the next challenge! It was great. Everyone had a lot of fun!
We had a very busy week last week with the field trip, the Variety Show, Right to Play activity day (which was awesome!) and Jump Rope for Heart (which was also awesome!). We continue this week with a busy week, rumour has it there will be a lock down and another fire drill. I am planning lots of fun activities for the week.
Mrs Farrington will be retiring this year. She has been an important part of our class this year and will be greatly missed next year. As a parting gift, we will be making a class picture book themed on what she will be doing in her retirement, I fear swimming with sharks and playing Fortnight will be on the list.
We will be having our end of the year party on Wednesday, as I will only be present for the morning on Thursday (my oldest is graduating from highschool). I will discuss the details of the party with the class tomorrow and they will let you know what we have decided.
Many parents ask what they can do to help their child over the summer. Keeping up with math facts is a good start and websites such as Cool Math Games or Prodigy give great practice. You can also help your child by exposing them to using and counting money and telling time on an analog clock. Elapsed time is another easy skill to cover at home by having them calculate what the time will be after so many minutes and or hours have passed. Having your child help in the kitchen is a great way to get practice in with measurement and fractions. The more hands-on experience you give your child the better understanding they will have of these concepts.
For reading practice, you should have your child read each night before bed. You can also read to your child, choose a chapter book that your child likes and share it with them. This can be a great family time for all. I understand that working parents may be too tired at the end of the day to do this, what I would recommend then is to visit the public library and get an audio version of a book. You can all listen to it together. Your child can even follow along with a printed version. This is great too for car rides or camping trips.
Many news articles and reports now are reminding us as parents to limit screen time especially with the new games that are out which are highly addictive. Set time limits for your child to play video games. These times should not be just before bed as the games activate and excite the parts of the brain we want calming down at bedtime. Ensure that there is a balance between screen time, active play and outdoor play. Remember physical activity is also important for development.
Have a wonderful summer everyone and see you in the fall!
If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school
Have a great summer!!!