We have covered all of our content for the year, however, 6 weeks is a long break. It will be beneficial for your child if you could still encourage learning at home over the holidays. This can be reading together, writing a holiday journal, counting, adding and subtracting small numbers together using a counting on and back strategy and breaking numbers into parts (6 is made up of 5 and 1, 3 and 3, 4 and 2) these activities can be included in your everyday activities and do not need to be in isolation. Research shows that students learn more and better by using real world scenarios to practise their concepts rather than in isolation. There are also many websites that are useful for students to revise their learning. ICT games is a great resource, it includes both literacy and numeracy games.
Thank you to parents for your efforts during swimming lessons. This can be hard work managing your children during these 2 weeks as they are tired and sometimes a little grumpy from swimming. We made it though and students all did really well,we are proud of all of them for the way they conducted themselves both on the bus and in the pool. We do have a few t-shirts that have been accidentally swapped. If you find that one of the T-shirt’s you have aren’t yours then please bring it in and I can attempt to swap them back. Unfortunately none of the shirts have names so it is hard to return them.
We have been participating in dance lessons this term in preparation for our dance party presentations next week. We are looking forward to seeing as many parents and family members as possible. Bring your dancing shoes ready to enjoy and celebrate with your child. Money for the students bus fare to the dance party is now overdue. Please ensure you bring it in as soon as possible to ensure your child does not miss out on the opportunity to attend.
To ease the anxiety, we are currently conducting transitions with students to enable them with the opportunity to experience what life in Year 1 will be like. Students seem to have mixed emotions about leaving Pre-Primary. Please have positive chats with them to ease their worries and encourage excitement. Students have been to a Year 1 classroom and stayed for a 40 minute lesson last week. They are going to a different Year 1 class this week for another 40 minute lesson. This week we will also be taking our recess to the undercover area to eat so students can experience what it is like to be a Year 1 at recess. Some kind students in Room 8 have also been taking students out to have a look at the different play areas during recess and lunch.
Pauline and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support and kind words over the year. We love what we do and a lot of time and effort goes into everything from planning to preparation to facilitating each lesson to ensure your children are learning and engaged. It is nice to know that as parents you recognise our efforts and are happy with your child’s progress.
I would like to thank all the parents who have helped us over the year whether it be with parent help, bringing in supplies for our projects or simply working alongside us by supporting your child with their home reading and sight words. Your support means a lot to us and it makes a big difference to your child’s education.
As you finish your journey with your child in Pre-Primary and look forward into your Journey to Year 1, we wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. Make the most of the break as everyone deserves it.