Book Week Dressups

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Hi Families when talking with the class yesterday many told me that they wanted to dress up so if your child wants to dress up as their favourite book character and bring that book that’s fine.  – they can be dressed up all day – no need to be getting changed.

We will still as a class be FINDING A BOOK IN THE LIBRARY about ANIMALS and making a mask to go with it.

Your child can choose if they want to dress up or just wear a mask for our BOOK WEEK PARADE at our Friday assembly.

Thanks Leanne and Di

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Responsibility Week

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Wow its Week 5 again – so its Responsibility week!  Say goodbye at the door.  🙂

Week 6 is Book week and all you need to do is help your child find their favourite book with an Australian theme to bring along.  We will be making Australian Animal masks to wear for the parade.  This will be at our Friday assembly  (2nd of September Friday Week 6).  See school newsletter for more information.

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100 Days Smarter

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 PARTY Friday 8th July

On the last day of term we will be 100 days smarter. Over the last two terms we have been counting down every day and we are so excited that we are  nearly there.  We are going to celebrate with lots of 100 day activities and will be sharing the fun with Mrs Grahams’s class.  The thing we are most excited about is our party.

Please send along a SMALL plate of party food to share and put the plate on the tables in the art room in the morning.  We can heat up a few things but not much. So Boys bring a sweet plate and Girls a savoury plate 🙂

Your child will still need recess and brain food, their drink bottle but no lunch!

WooHoo we can’t wait.

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Reading Eggs

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Hi Families, today I tested Reading Egg levels.  The process is that your child does a reading quiz which places them on exactly the right map for their individual reading skills.  They can now use this program at school and at home with their login – you do not need to purchase it.

Tomorrow I will send home their log in and password this will be stuck in their home learning book.  You can use a computer or an ipad (on the ipad just log on through safari – if you download the app they will charge you).

Reading Eggs is a program that has been designed for your child to work independently in. It has very clear and concise instructions so if your child doesn’t know what to do there is a good chance they did not listen carefully to the instructions.

If you help them in a quiz or to get past a task or give them answers, it means your child has not  developed the knowledge to progress.

Please let your child redo levels or tasks, it consolidates their reading knowledge.

Have fun and if you have any questions just ask!

Leanne

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Responsibility Week

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kindergarten-dayOne of Willunga’s school values is Responsibility and we all work every day to develop this skill.  One of the ways we do this at school is by giving our students the responsibility of the morning jobs.  Up until now we have all been helping them with reminders and occasionally doing it for them but now we need to see how much has really been learnt.

We hear/see and often find ourselves in these situations……..

You need to put your reading folder in the right place.   NO you do it

I can’t find my school bag.  Where did you put it?  I didn’t put it any where Mummy put it somewhere!

I haven’t got any lunch. Have you checked your tray? Yes.  Your school bag?  Yes. Do you have a lunch order?  No. – When the canteen orders arrive there it is!

I left my library book/reading bag at home.  Did you put it in your bag?  No, Mummy didn’t do it

We ask students to change their books then get notes saying they have had the same book for a week.

At the end of the day we are amazed to see all the students walk out the class with their bags on their back only to see then throw their bag at their poor parents who then walk away with 3 or 4 school bags.

SO NOW IT IS TIME TO TAKE A BIG STEP BACK.

So every week 5 in terms 2, 3 and 4 I ask all family members to say goodbye outside the class room door to leave and to let your child come in to do their jobs responsibly.

I will be at the door if you need to give us information or if your child is apprehensive.  Please don’t prompt from the door way as it defeats the purpose.  If you arrive late still say goodbye to your child at the door.

I don’t do reading in Week 5 because young children don’t understand why some parents can come in but their parents can’t.

I have been talking about this a lot in class over the past few days to get them ready and it would be great if you could over the weekend too.

Some parents find this week very difficult they believe that their child is too young to be able to do these jobs independently but just look at a child who goes to OSHC in the morning, they come in and do all their jobs with no problems, they ask if they are not sure – a very commendable skill.  I will of course be there to support and guide.

I have been having responsibility weeks now for a few years and it always proves to be a very insightful week!

Thankyou for your support and have a great weekend.  Leanne

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