Workbooks and crafts sent home

I am in the process of sending back all workbooks and crafts completed during term 2 and 3.  Before sending them home, I am trying to ensure that most of the pages missed our on due to sickness or other absence from school are completed.  In the case of letter and number writing pages, I am not asking the children to complete all pages but only to practise until I think that they have grasped the formation to the best of their abilities.  So, if a child would have missed out on all three letter writing pages for a particular letter, if the child completes the first page and writes the letter well using the correct letter formation, then I am not asking him/her to complete the other 2 pages.

You will also note certain terminology written or stamped on the pages.  Starting off in the writing books I sent home and then more consistently in later booklets, the second and third letter/number writing  pages were marked as either “learning objective achieved”; “working towards your learning objective” and 2 stars and a wish.

You've Achieved Your Learning Objective Pre-inked StamperYou're Working Towards Learning Objective Pre-inked StamperMy Wish is' Pre-inked Stamper

If the work was stamped as “learning objective achieved” it meant that the letter/number was written neatly using the correct formation.  I used the  “working towards your learning objective”, stamp for those children who used the correct formation when writing letters/numbers but whose fine motor skills need to develop a bit more in order to enable their writing to be smooth. The last stamp is the two stars and a wish stamp that I used when there was something specific to improved eg. remember to start from the dot or not to write outside the box.  This last stamp proved to be very effective and I would read the wish to the child at the beginning of the next writing session to remind them what was expected of them and most times, they rose to the occasion and adjusted their writing accordingly.

Please remember that your children are in Pre-Junior and do not expect all your child’s work to be marked as “objective achieved”.  What is most important at the moment is that they learn and remember the correct formation.  Also, please remember where your children started off from.  I have been looking through all the workbooks one more time before sending them home and I am very happy with the progress of each and every child.

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People who help us – wardens

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Last week, we talked about wardens and their roles in the community. We saw how wardens enforce laws by ensuring that  everyone is driving safely, parking properly and seeing that towns and cities are kept clean.  They manage traffic when the roads are busy, or when there is something blocking the road e.g. a big cranes. They are called out when two cars bump into each other.

We listened to a story about Officer Buckle which can be found on the e learning site (https://stcathsprejuniortopicwork.wikispaces.com/People+who+help+us).  For the purpose of our lesson, we called we changed the officer’s name to Warden Buckle.  The story was good to illustrate that the rules enforced by wardens are there for our own safety and therefore we must obey them at all times, not only not to get a fine but in order to keep ourselves safe.  We concentrated mainly on the rules that affect the children’s lives at the moment – using appropriate car seats and seat belts in cars and the fact that children should never sit in the front passenger seat in a car.  I hope that this topic may help you ensure your children’s compliance in obeying these safety rules.

The last session of this topic, I asked the children to imagine that they were wardens and to suggest a few rules that we should observe for our own safety.  This is what they came up with:

  • Do not hit, punch, pinch or fight with others
  • Obey your mummy
  • Always wear a seat belt
  • Be careful when walking near a road
  • Don’t stand on a swivel chair (this came out of the story); don’t jump on sofas or beds
  • Play gently
  • Look left and before crossing a road and cross at traffic lights if possible
  • Don’t drive fast

The literacy link for this topic was letter w for warden. We also counted up to 18 – we added 18 musical notes to a picture of a warden who had to whistle 18 times because he had seen 18 situations where safety rules were not observed.