Grade 1

It is amazing to witness the tremendous growth and skill development achieved by the grade ones so far this year. They started not really knowing letters and sounds and now they are readers and are writing multiple sentences independently. They started with shaky number concept to 10 now just about everyone can count to 100 and is able to add and subtract numbers to 20. We can count by 2’s, 10’s and 5’s.  We have created wonderful art projects like snowmen, chalk teddy bears, umbrella drawings , and creative rainbows.  We have learned about the Mikmaq, Acadian and Black cultural groups that exist in Nova Scotia. We have studied the four seasons and learned what we can do as children to help keep are bodies and minds happy and healthy.  Its hard to believe we only have 1/3 of the school year left. Lots to accomplish in that time.

And just like that we are halfway through the school year. Of course, it wasn't just like that- this year has been a year like no other and honestly a lot tougher. The grade 1 continue to be eager learners. They are becoming readers and writers! We can count to 100 and skip count by 2, 5 and 10's. We know more and less; we know how to add and subtract by counting on and counting back. We have begun our unit on understanding addition. We have learned about the 4 seasons, cultural groups in Nova Scotia and how to take care of ourselves to be happy and healthy. We had a great Valentine’s day theme and party. Thank you to everyone who contributed cards and treats. We look forward to warmer temperatures and the end of Covid 19!

The grade 1's were delighted to return to in class learning again in January after online learning for a month.    We had very good online class attendance and 100's of Seesaw activities were completed at home. Great work grade one students, and grown ups.  We started January classes and jumped right back into our routines. The students do not really care for online learning; they have discovered they prefer learning in the classroom with their friends.  We love learning together and sharing ideas. January assessments are showing slow but steady progresss with reading, writing and math.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that the Covid 19 numbers in Nova Scotia are low for everyone's health and well-being but especially so we can stay in school with our lovely wonderful Grade 1 class. We will be having a Valentine's Day party in February where valentines and prepackaged treats can be brought in to share. We will be happy to see the end of the cold dark days of January.

Well December was an adventure in online learning. The grade ones did a great job with hundreds of completed Seesaw assignments.  They and their grown-ups should be very proud of themselves. Excited to be back in the classroom together in January and fingers crossed we get to stay there.  Happy New Year everyone.

Grade 1 had a very busy month. We settled into our classroom rules and routines.  We have been building our knowledge and understanding  of letters, sounds and words.  We have developed our understanding of how books work and how to use the story meaning, structure and letter sounds to help us learn to read.  The students love being teacher reader of the day and read the class book with a pointer at the front of the room.  Building a love of reading daily.  In math we have continued to work on developing our understanding of numbers to 20 and started looking at numbers to 100. We really enjoy learning videos that include dance and exercise. Jack Hartmann's count to 20 and workout is a favorite! We can all count to 20! Grade 1 is full of creativity and we completed many wonderful art projects. 

Its disappointing that covid 19 will have us working online at least for awhile.  It's not ideal but with commitment and a positive outlook I know we can keep the great learning going! Our main worksites will be Seesaw and RAZ kids. See you all online.

The crispness of the air, the beautiful autumn colors, and children busy learning are great things about fall. Grade 1 has used our 6 weeks at school to make sure we have a good foundation of letter and sound knowledge and understanding of numbers to 10 .  Missing 4 months of at school learning last year does mean we have to backtrack a little and rebuild and practise the skills needed to progress. The whole class' listening, following instructions and work completion have improved dramatically since we started school. The students love listening to, illustrating  and discussing stories. The 20/21 grade one class love to share about their lives and their work.  We have completed some great art projects- our fall trees, Halloween postcards and 3-D pumpkins were a big success. We are excited to see what the rest of the year will bring.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Ms. Foster

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Leanne Foster

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Hello Parents & Guardians,

I hope all is well and trust many of you have heard that we will begin online learning for Friday, October 2, 2020 due to a student in our class being required to have a COVID test done as instructed to do so by 811.

If you have any questions, please message me.
Ms. Leanne Foster


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