Monthly Archives: December 2012

Merry Christmas

Hello division 19,
Merry Christmas to all of you from my family.  Ava is so excited for tomorrow. Have a wonderful Christmas morning.

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Mme Rode

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Merry Christmas!

Hello Division 19,

Well…the holidays are here!  I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.  Thank you all for the lovely gifts and cards.  I am so lucky to have such a great class family.    I will post any new stuff I find to the blog.

Things you can do with your child over the break:

  • read- in English and French (the library has lots of French books and there are lots of links here on the blog)
  • play board games and card games-these games that involve dice and cards help develop your child’s mental math skills
  • have the do different writing activities-write an email to a family member, write lists, post comments on the blog, keep a journal, draw pictures and label them in English and French
  • do real life math with them-count money, read a clock

Enjoy your Christmas break.  If your child wants to do more salt ornaments here is the recipe.

1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup warm water.  Mix well.  Let sit and then roll out to a 1/4 inch thick.  Bake at 300 for 2-3 hours (or until golden unlike the ones we did here that turned black!)  Paint. I used acrylic paint. This paint can be easily bought for 1$ at Dollarama.

See you,

Mme Rode

 

Spare clothes

Hello Division 19,

I hope everyone made it home safely in the snow.  Today was an outside day and your children got wet.  Many of the children had to use their spare clothes.  Please send more space clothes to school for your child so that when there is another wet day, we have something for him/her to change into.  Please make sure that the bag is labeled because it can be very time consuming to search through all the bags if it isn’t labeled.

If you are wondering what small gift you can get your child…..scissors!  Many children still do not have their own pair and it can be tricky when we are doing cut and pasting activities.

Thank you and see you tomorrow,

Mme Rode

More French reading online

Hello Parents,

I found this cute French reading website this morning.  It is a collection of interactive stories.  There are 4 stories that read aloud.  Afterwards, the listener can move icons around to match what was read.  You need to click on the story to get to the next page.  If you click on the center icon, it will take you to a coloring page with lines that your child could use to write his/her own stories in French or English.

Here is the website: http://tfo.org/jeux/deuxfois/homepage.html

I will file this website under French reading.

Enjoy,

Mme Rode

 

More French websites

Hello Division 19,

Here are some websites I found online this morning.  The first one is a website that has French stories online.  A person reads the story and the text appears below.  There are 6 stories to read.

http://www.edu365.cat/primaria/contes/contesfrances/tria_conte.htm

The second website is a Youtube channel.  On this channel there are French stories and French songs.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Grade1French?feature=watch

These websites can keep your child engaged in French language over the holidays.

See you,

Mme Rode

 

Good to know….

Hello Division 19,

Today your child brought home his/her report card.  Please read the report card and send the envelope back to school as soon as possible as we re-use the envelopes each term.  You do not need to send back the report card.  This is a document for you to keep (I have copies on my computer and there are copies in the office).

On Monday, we will be going skating.  We will be walking to Minoru Arena.  It is approximately 1.9 kms.  Please make sure your child has comfortable walking shoes.  It is fairly cold in the arena so please make sure your child has a warm coat, gloves and perhaps a scarf.  The weather forecast for Monday is showers but it could change over the weekend.  Please send 2 easy to eat snacks to school that day. We will eat one before we go and one at the arena after skating.  The students will eat their lunches once we get back to school.

Finally, Division 15 (Mme Wilson’s class) and Division 2 (Mrs. Price’s class) are going to be collecting food for the Richmond Food Bank.  They will be using the cans that are brought in to build structures.  Have you ever seen “Canstruction?”  It is a group that makes amazing structures out of canned goods.  Please bring canned goods to school to help these 2 classes as well as the Richmond Food Bank.

Thank you and have a good weekend,

Mme Rode

Christmas Carols in French

Hello Division 19,

I have found some great Christmas carols in French (with the lyrics for some).  The lyrics are pretty simple and the tunes are catchy.

I will file the links for Youtube under les chansons (Noël).

Silent Night (Douce Nuit)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSiM0AfRtz8&feature=player_embedded#!

Bonjour l’hiver (Charlotte Diamond)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEINdfUmxsQ&feature=player_embedded

Le gentil Père Noël (Matt Maxwell)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCWL8r6KhDY&feature=player_embedded#!

Enjoy!,

Mme Rode

Le rap des doubles

Hello Division 19,

We have been learning mental math strategies for addition and subtraction.  One strategy has been using “doubles”.  Here is a cute rap I found on line to help kids remember the doubles facts.  I will post this in math songs.

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P.S. Ça claque= snap your fingers, Les cuisses=hit your thighs, on boude= pouting face, balèze=show your biceps

See you,

Mme Rode