To read and be read to
what a glorious time
Enthralled by the magical world they are entering
as their love for the written word grows
taking them to places unknown
meeting characters with depth,
Traveling to unknown places
As they sit and read and share
these new found adventures
They can close their eyes
and visualize the places they've been
the places they've read about
the places that have been described to them
This opens up a whole new realm
in their existence
shared with others,
Their love and excitement blooms
as they choose another book to read,
Growing their minds,
of the written word.
Oh all about the love of books
it started with a simple look
what was that on the cover story
it was all about his life of glory
the little boy with eyes so blue
he did not know what he should do
he the saw the book inside the door
of the new and glorious book store
It spoke to him, said "come read to me"
you'll never know how this can be
my story, it will speak to you
I know, I know just what I will do
he opened up the big glass door
he wandered into the grandiose store
he saw that book, that book so fine
all he could think was "it should be mine"
the words upon each page by page
as though from yet another age
through all the words, the story told
a little boy in days of old
he put his money up on the desk
he felt that he had chosen best
his heart was happy as he walked away
with his brand new book to read today
he found a place up in a tree
and when to another land where he could be
immersed in this whole story true
it was so obvious what he should do
he shared this book with all his friends
but did not tell how the story ends
his love for all the written word
was flying like a soaring bird
he just could not get enough
his life was never ever rough
his heart was living in these books
a few magic words was all it took
his love for reading grew and grew
he shared this love with all who knew
that he was just a little boy
who once could not read for simple joy
And now he likes to find a space
to share words with the human race
you'll find him sitting in the park
and reading by flashlight in the dark
his love for reading never wanes
his vocabulary , it rains and rains
and he will read these books to you
he loves them thoroughly through and through
this little boy who saw the light
and picked up that great book one night
he shares his love with all who will listen
and closes each one with a tear that will glisten
so help that child , give him the lines
to open up his wandering mind
and he will share this love for you
as he reads, which never thought he'd be able to do.
As you are now aware, I am on Educational Leave for the rest of the school year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching the lovely students in my class. My studies are well underway and I'm taking 6 graduate level courses.
A big welcome to our new teacher who will be replacing me from January to June 2018. Ms. Ellen Higgins has taught at Island View before and we welcome her back. She is an amazing teacher - professional, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, kind and very approachable. I know that the boys and girls are in great hands.
I will still be popping in to the school occasionally and also checking my email so if you have any concerns you can contact Ms. Higgins or I.
Have a great term!
I am so excited to be teaching a new grade this year. This will be my first year having a grade three homeroom and I am looking forward to working with the delightful boys and girls in my class as we share this grade three adventure. I am enjoying meeting and working with the sweet and pleasant boys and girls who now have two days of grade three under their belt.
This week we are focusing on getting to know one another, getting settled into the senior wing and learning our school and classroom routines. This is a big step for the boys and girls, especially with an extra hour of learning added to their day.
I'm thrilled to say that they are settling in nicely and are keen and energetic learners. I just know that we're going to have an AMAZING year!
Another school year is underway and we are off to a great start. The boys and girls have been discussing our IVS Code of Conduct with a focus on respect and routines. We have begun attending our specialty classes and have met all of our teachers. On Friday we had a guest teacher, Miss Hayward.
We have an amazing group of students this year and I can't wait to learn and grow with these wonderful boys and girls.
We are beginning spelling this week. The boys and girls will have three spelling lists to choose from and they are encouraged to choose a list that will challenge them. We will also be doing some more writing this week and beginning our new health, social studies and science units for this term. We have lots to learn in grade 4!
I can't wait to have a super year with this wonderful group of boys and girls!!
It's hard to believe that it's already November! We have been very busy for the past two months and now we will move into a busy schedule as we prepare for Report Cards, which includes demand writing and District Math Benchmarks. Students should be reading nightly and practicing their basic math facts. We have been working on many different mental math strategies and there will be a mental math component on the District Math Benchmark. I enjoyed reading the student recounts of our train trip and these Quick Write activities will be sent home for you to see a sample of your child's writing and to also let you know how they are doing with respect to organization and basic conventions in their writing. In grade 4 students should be adding many details to their writing and they should also be using uppercase letters at the beginning of sentences as well as appropriate sentence endings in all of their writing work. A note will go home this week indicating our parent teacher interview times. Please fill out this form and send it back by the end of the week. Report cards will go home on Monday November 23rd and our Parent Teacher Interviews will be held be held on Thursday November 26th from 3:30 to 6:30 pm and again on Friday November 27th from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. I look forward to meeting with you during this time. Have a super week!
Now that school is well underway we are working on creating routines in our classroom. We have an amazing group of 27 boys and girls. They are a kind and bright group who are very keen to learn actively in our classroom. We have now begun our weekly homework and this week you will find that students should be reading for 20 minutes each night. They are also asked to complete a patterns practice activity as well as a reading comprehension activity. In Math we will continue with patterns and number sense. We will be learning about standard form, expanded form and written form using numbers up to 1000. We will also work on addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers. Students should know their basic math facts and be able to recall them quickly and accurately. We have also been working on narrative writing pieces. I'm looking forward to reading their wonderful and creative stories. Have a great week!
With a blizzard in the forecast, it's a great time to focus on Family Literacy Day, which is tomorrow. Our school plan is to promote daily reading by having multiple Drop Everything and Read sessions. Daily Literacy is an important part of regular routine and many children don't realize how many things they do that are considered literacy. Some of these are things such as making a grocery list, reading signs as you drive from one event to another, reading to a younger sibling or other family member. Reading is a lifelong skill, which I hope that you and your children will enjoy for years to come.
Today, with the Homework, two notices were sent home. One was a request for volunteer readers to come and share a favorite story or chapter of a book with our students. We would love to have you share this with our class at a time that is convenient for you. There is also a notice with suggested literacy activities. If your child completes 5 of these activities this week, their name will be put in a draw to win a book. Also this week, the second One Minute Book Talk is due. Students should all be reading chapter books for this and the presentations will begin on Friday. My hope is that we will all learn about some great books and that the boys and girls will become more comfortable sharing with their classmates.
It is hard to believe that we are almost at the half way mark for our grade 4 year. We are having a wonderful time in grade 4 and I love working with your children.
Happy Family Literacy Day!
As I listen to the wind and rain while I work on report cards, it is hard to believe that two months of school have already gone by. Time flies when you're having fun and I'm having a super time with these amazing boys and girls! We had a super time painting pumpkins this past week. Thanks to everyone for sending in pumpkins. The boys and girls really enjoyed it! This week we will start using our personal spelling lists and we will also continue with some more testing. Report cards will be sent home next Monday so please make sure that you filled in the Parent - Teacher Interview Form if you would like to meet with me. Interview times will be sent home with your child's report card on Monday.
We will have a Fire Safety Presentation on Tuesday of this week. This will include training with the Fire House where children will be shown how to get out a burning building.
This week is also Career Week so we will be discussing different careers and a school based Career Fair will take place on November 12th.
Keep warm and dry tonight!
As we celebrate this long weekend with family and friends I am so pleased to see the friendships blooming in our classroom. Our grade 4 family is a group of very polite, friendly, talented and optimistic boys and girls. I am so proud of the work that they do each day and all of the wonderful things that I see them doing in our school and community.
What are you thankful for?
I am thankful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of smart, talented and delightful children. Happy Thanksgiving!
September is rolling along and we are covering many outcomes in our daily learning. Students are comparing and ordering numbers as well as representing numbers to 1000. Students should be practicing their multiplication facts.
Today we watched a Terry Fox movie in preparation for our school run which is being held tomorrow. We will be discussing heroes and setting goals.
On Thursday we will go on our field trip to Crane Mountain Landfill. Students should bring a snack that is compostable or a snack that it is in a reusable container.