Tuesday, October 28

Homework for Wednesday, October 29th and Parent Notes for Week 9 (Monday, October 25 – Friday, October 31, 2014)

Student Homework:

1. Reading - 15 min. (Ch. 3 of Reconciliation book)
2. Math – 5 min.
3. Study – 5 min.
4. Parent Meeting Tomorrow!
5. Science Project 
*Finish other classwork – Phonics and/or Jump Math WB; correct your Math Drill; finish your daily Prayer/Writing Journal; etc.
Parent Notes for Week 10 (Monday, October 27 – Friday, October 31, 2014)
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
-Monday, October 27th (and every other Monday) we will be discussing the book Interior Freedom by Father Jacque Philippe from 3:15-3:45pm.
-Tuesday, October 28th (and every Tuesday) from 2:15-2:45pm we will gather in the church to pray quietly for the children and meditate on the upcoming Sunday’s readings for Mass. If you’d like to receive a copy of the Mass readings for the upcoming Sunday with listening questions (and maybe some additional spiritual reading stapled to it!) but are unable to make it to join us, just let me know in your child’s planner and I will send it home in your child’s red homework folder for you!
-Thursday, October 30th (and every other Thursday) from 9-9:30am, we will gather in my classroom for a presentation on and opportunity to ask questions about what the children have been learning about in religion.
-Thursday, October 30th 6:45-7:30pm - First Reconciliation Parent Meeting
-Friday, October 31st – students may come to school dressed in a costume of an angel or saint
-Thursday, November 6th (and every other Thursday) from 9:00-9:30am we will be discussing the book Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. At our upcoming session we will discuss more from this book! Our discussion questions can be found on our Grade Two class blog at the bottom of the page under the heading “Parent Faith Formation Links” by clicking on the appropriate link. 
-Friday, November 21st 1:00pm - First Reconciliation
Curriculum Notes:
Religion:
1.   God’s Gift: Reconciliation – Please read Chapter 3 with your child and review the material presented.
2.  Mary Statue Visit and Family Rosary – I would like to ask each family to bring home our beautiful statue of Our Lady (a little one – not the big one by the door!), Rosaries, explanation sheets on how to pray the Rosary, and a little reflection for you to complete at the end of the week. My request is that you gather at least once during this week as a family (with as many members as possible attending) and that you pray the Rosary together. I would love for you to be able to gather together and pray the rosary by her side once, multiple times, or even every evening that she is with you! This is a lovely devotion and I’d really like to encourage it with your children. I will make a sign-up sheet in preparation for our Reconciliation Meeting on Thursday.
3.   Act of Contrition - Please help your child memorize the following Act of Contrition in preparation for his/her First Confession: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You, whom I should love above all things. I have hurt myself and others. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
4.   In addition to Reconciliation, other content of recent discussions has included the following. If you have time and interest, please go over the following with your child:
1.      What are the two Great Commandments of Jesus? #1 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength and #2 You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
2. What is the New Commandment of Jesus? Love one another as I have loved you.
3. What is the First Commandment of the Old Testament brought to the Israelites from Mount Sinai by Moses? You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. What is the Second Commandment? You shall not take the Lord’s Name in vain.
3. What is the Third Commandment? Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
4. What is the Fourth Commandment? Honour your father and your mother.
5. What is the Fifth Commandment? You shall not kill.
Math:
1.   Please practice addition and subtraction math facts to 18 until mastered
2.   Please practice saying, reading, and writing number words to 100 backwards and forwards
3.   Please practice reading and writing ordinal number words to 10 (first, second, third, etc.)
4.   Please practice counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s to 100 backwards and forwards
Language Arts:
1.   Sight Words – continue practicing the lists with your child at least until your child has mastered all the lists up and through the 15 pseudo word lists. Once your child has completed the pseudo words, the sight words are optional. When time allows, please continue to review “words I know” to ensure that your child still remembers what he/she has learned.
2.   Spelling – Please practice the spelling words for this week for Friday’s test – tube, June, blue, you, cute, rule, rules, would, could, should. Challenge words – November, Heaven, sacrament, Bible, peace. Please remind your child that only proper nouns are written with capital (uppercase letters).  All students must write their incorrect spelling words five times each. Writing the corrections for the Challenge words is optional. Please return Spelling Test booklets with your signature at the latest by Friday’s assessment (so that your child can write in his test in his/her booklet).
3.   Reading Skills – During the 15 minute home reading block, please consider practicing with your child the skill of recognizing and deriving meaning from text features and structures (e.g. titles, captions, illustrations, table of contents, etc.) Please also review compound words with your child (e.g. sea shell, sky dive, back yard). You could do this by stating the first part of a compound word and asking your child to come up with the second half.
4.   Book Logs - Please consider the option of completing the book log with your child during his/her 15 minutes of nightly reading homework.
5.   Poetry Recitation/Memorization – I will send home the Duo Tangs with poems and songs on Monday. Please help your child choose a poem/song to recite on his/her “Star Day” for the month of November. It would be really nice if your child can memorize his/her poem. Memorization is a superb skill to master, particularly while young! Please practice the poem with your child at home in preparation for his/her Star Day. Also, please jot a note in the planner if you’d like a photocopy of his/her poem for practice purposes and return the Duo Tangs asap so they stay nice all year!
6. Sentences – Please go over with your child the five “rules” for a complete sentence: subject, verb, makes sense, has a capital letter at the beginning, and an end mark at the end. We are learning a great song to help us remember. Ask your child to sing it for you. I’d give you a link but I can’t find the music online. It starts like this, “A sentence, sentence, sentence is complete, complete, complete…” Warning: it is very catchy and if you learn it you may not be able to get it out of your head!
Science:
1.   Project – Please help your child complete a little “science project” by completing the requirements listed on the rubric is his/her homework folder for a mark. All he/she needs to do is choose a matter that can fit into a small medium gift bag or paper bag and complete the “clues” sheet. Your child will need to bring the matter in a bag and the rubric (directions) sheet as well as the clues sheet into school on Thursday, October 30th. Please help your child make sure that his/her clues match the matter, that the clue words are written neatly and spelled correctly and that his/her sheet is decorated creatively so that he/she can take pride in his/her project work.
2.   Other questions to discuss:
1.      What do you predict would happen if we mix water and liquid soap in a container?
2.     What do you predict will happen if we blow a straw through the soapy water?
3.     What do you predict will happen if we blow a straw through normal water (without soap)?
Socials:
1.   How would you resolve this problem: a friend asks you to do something that you know you shouldn’t do? (Explain to your friend that your conscience tells you that it isn’t a good choice, tell an adult and ask for their help, etc.)
2.   How would you resolve this problem: two of your classmates are playing rough on the playground? (Ask them to stop, go find a Christian Server or an adult to intervene, etc.)
3.   What is some good advice you could give about how to make a good decision? (Always ask God to help you make good choices, listen to your conscience, never do something that you wouldn’t be happy to admit if asked later, weigh the pros and cons, think about the consequences, reflect on a previous time when you did something similar and what happened, etc.)
Health & Career:
1.   Manner’s Moment – It is very polite to rise for certain people when they enter the room to show respect for them. We can practice this especially with Father Anthony or other priests, who have been given by Jesus the power to forgive our sins and to bring us Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
2.   What are some ways that we can stay healthy by our choices? (We can choose to eat nutritious food, get enough sleep, take time to wash our hands and our bodies, and be sure to get enough exercise every day).
French: Colours & Shapes
Visual Arts: Lines and Colour wheel