Reading and Making Connections:

The reading comprehension strategy we are currently learning about is making connections.

Powerful readers make connections with what they are reading. When we read a story, it may remind us of different things.  This reminding is also called “connecting.”  We can make connections to personal experiences, other books, other media like movies, or experiences in the world.

How to Connect with your Children:

  • Choose a book to read with your child that evokes memories for you: memories of your childhood, your family, your culture, your school days, your country, etc.
  • Begin to read the book out loud with your “speaking voice.” (We have 2 voices: a speaking voice and a thinking voice. Good readers pay attention to their thinking voice while they read.)
  • Whenever something in the story reminds you of a personal experience, stop reading and share your connection: “This part of the story reminds me of…”
  • Continue reading the story with your “speaking voice” and share your connections, or your “thinking voice.” (Parents can model their thinking voice while they read to their children, to help teach and reinforce this strategy)
  • Ask your child to share any connections she or he might have.
  • It is important to remember that, just as everyone’s life story – memories and personal experiences – is different, connections are also different.  There is no right or wrong way to make a connection.

Referenced from 2006 Reading Power by Adrienne Gear

Typing Practice:

We had our first visit to the computer lab today. The kids learned how to log onto the computers and the Typing Club website. Students have their typing club user name and password taped into their planners just in case they interested in doing some practice at home. The easiest way to access typing club is through the link on our classroom blog.

Our First Math Unit:

To Parents and Adults at Home …

We began a mathematics unit on increasing and decreasing patterns. Recognizing and analyzing patterns is an important part of mathematical thinking.

In this unit, your child will:

  • Identify, extend, create, and compare increasing patterns.
  • Identify, extend, create, and compare decreasing patterns.
  • Find pattern rules.
  • Display number patterns on hundred charts.
  • Use patterns to solve problems.

Patterns can be found all around us. Encourage your child to look for patterns around the home, and talk about them.

Here are some suggestions for activities you can do at home:

  • Look for patterns in your family’s activities as marked on a calendar at home. What activities do you do daily? Twice a week? Every week?
  • Use small objects like buttons or coins to make patterns that grow or shrink. Encourage your child to describe and extend the patterns. During our math lessons we usually describe patterns using a pattern rule. Pattern Rule Example: Start with ____.  Add (or subtract) ____ each time.
  • Count collections of nickels and dimes by 5s and by 10s.
    Count pennies by 2s.
  • Find examples of geometric patterns in floor tiles or on game boards.

Important Dates In September:

Here are some of the upcoming events you will want to know about:

Tuesday, September 18 – Meet the staff BBQ (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

Monday, September 24 – Picture Day 1*

Tuesday, September 25 – Picture Day 2*

Friday, September 28 – Terry Fox Walk (We do this at 1:00 as a school. No action required by you.)

*Note: I will let you know which day is our picture day once I know.


Welcome to our blog and a new school year! Please visit often to keep informed about school and class events.  We look forward to sharing our learning with you through this class blog and the student blogs that will be linked to it in the future. I hope your children had a good first day of school and want to come back for another great day tomorrow. It was nice to meet so many of you this morning. I was not quite able to talk to all of you before you needed to go on with your day. Receiving a class full of new students in a short time pulled me in many directions and I thank you for your patience. I look forward to connecting with you again in the near future.